You can go with Sonic, but you might be more than a little disappointed. I’ve sampled just about every major fast food chain in Michigan. One that I could never get my hands on however was Sonic. There were constant commercials on television for this joint but none to be found in my home state. I’d always wanted to try it, as the food looked fantastic.
Now that I’m traveling for work I’ve actually gotten the opportunity to give Sonic a try. Right across from the hotel where I’m staying stands the big “Sonic” sign with the oddly shapped blue and yellow signage. I wandered over this morning and was greeted by a row of drive-in spots and a front door that says clearly “Employees Only”. I looked around and realized that Sonic was predominantly Drive-in. I was actually a bit confused on how to place an order, and if I could even do it. I wasn’t sure if I needed a car. I flagged down someone inside, and a young girl poked her head outside the door.
I put on my best “Im a stupid tourist” face and explained that I was from Michigan, that I had never been to Sonic before. Then I repeated my “stupid” face and asked “How do I order?!”
She pointed across the patio to a menu board that had a small speaker and red button on the bottom. Apparently I could stand on the patio and place a carry-out order. Apparently you can’t sit down inside at all. I perused the menu and made my order, paying $9 for a burger combo meal with a medium pop and a small order of cheese sticks. It seemed like a bit much, however the staff was extremely polite and my order was promptly delivered to me on the patio in a neatly packed bag. It certainly felt awkward paying for my meal standing on a cement patio. It had a very retro feeling as the young lady reached for the coin dispenser on her hip and shot my change out with the little buttons.
I walked back across the street to the hotel and sat down with my meal. Up to this point I had a fair opinion of the resturaunt. It certainly isn’t geared for walk-in. The meal was hot, and as far as I was concerned it seemed freshly made. The tatertots and cheese sticks were a bit more greasy than I cared for. The burger was well wrapped and put together nicely. Far better than the traditional McDonalds or BurgerKing burger that is sloppily put together and falls apart when you try to eat it.
The taste however left a lot to be desired. The burger even -tasted- greasy and despite the load of lettuce tomato and such that was onion it tasted almost exactly like a White Castle hamburger, just a big bigger. If the food had tasted as good as it looked I would have certainly been hooked on Sonic. I’m a bit thankful though that the flavor was so poor. If I loved it, I’d certainly be craving it on a fairly regular basis and the lack of Sonic joints back home would have made it difficult.
If you love White Castle and the staple Slider, you’d probably enjoy Sonic. If you like your burger to actually taste like meat and fresh vegetable then I’d recommend driving by. Head back to your favorite fast food sit-down. You won’t be missing much at all.