August 9, 2004

Sonic, America's Drive-In and I'm Missing It

POST #    1207

It's funny, but by all accounts, I love New York. I love living here and I love everything about it (except maybe the summer weather). The one thing that we miss out on in New York is great fast food. You might wonder, "who needs fast food when you have all the food that's great in New York," but sometimes you just crave the greasy food, no? Well, I do.

Over the weekend, I went to Sonic for the second time ever, and it was as good as the first time I went about a month ago. There's no Sonic in New York, which is just one thing I'll probably never get when here. I mean, if Sonic is indeed "America's Drive-In", I doubt they will ever open one here. Few people have cars and there's just no space for anyone to open up a drive-in where people can just sit there and eat.

Sit and eat, you ask? Yes, that's right. For those unfamiliar with Sonic, you can actually sit in your car and eat. You drive in, press a button to order, and short moment later, your food comes out delivered to your door. Alas, the food servers aren't zipping about on roller skates, but it's still great. For those that are more daring, you can actually eat below a covered area.

What else are New Yorkers missing out on? In-N-Out Burger is the biggest thing in my book, but I'm sure there are many more.

Oh, and FYI, Sonic has tater tots. You can't loose with tater tots.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 7:21 AM



what? no roller-skaters??

Posted by: halo | veritech pilot at August 9, 2004 9:37 AM

Also missing: Burgerville.

Posted by: Adam at August 9, 2004 10:20 AM

Occasionally you will see a girl on rollerskates, but it's rare. They make a pretty badass jalapeno burger.

Posted by: FlatGreg at August 9, 2004 10:31 AM

yeah, no roller skates. very upsetting.

burgerville?!? oregon and washington?!? psh!

Posted by: tien at August 9, 2004 10:35 AM

Ask your Oregonian friends about it. They'll agree.

Posted by: Adam at August 9, 2004 12:49 PM

Do they have In and Out Burgers on the East Coast?? I thought it was an LA/California thing..

Posted by: chris ives at August 9, 2004 1:30 PM

right chris, there are no in-n-outs in new york. i was saying that that is the biggest thing missing in my opinion.

Posted by: tien at August 9, 2004 1:34 PM

Love the tots. Have you ever tried the tater tot hotdish recipe?

Posted by: Laren at August 9, 2004 3:55 PM

maybe we need to have the tator tot hotdish smackdown when i'm in town next month

Posted by: rachelle at August 9, 2004 4:25 PM

I work at Sonic in the Phoenix area and I love it. AND I ROLLER SKATE!

Posted by: Krista at August 10, 2004 10:53 AM

wow, I miss in-n-out

Posted by: Chris at August 10, 2004 12:24 PM

wow, an actual sonic employee commenting here!! so krista, do you get extra hazard pay for roller skating around?

Posted by: tien at August 10, 2004 2:48 PM

Love your site! It's funny you should post this...I was eating lunch this afternoon (at a Red Lobster no less) in the "big city" of Springfield, MO, near where I've lived my entire 21 years. I've always been fascinated with New York, one of the reasons I read blogs like this one, Gothamist, rachelleb, etc., but I was thinking about how the impression I've always gotten about New Yorkers is that fast food is sacrilege because of all the great "real" food you have available. Living in NY would be amazing, but man I would miss my Sonic, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Subway, McDonalds and on and on!


Posted by: Chad In Missouri at August 10, 2004 10:35 PM

How do you live with yourself? Their slushes are the best thing to combat a hot summer day. I don't know what I would do without a Sonic nearby. It is a common staple in my diet, especially since they have added a breakfast menu. I live in a town of roughly 60,000, and we have 4 Sonic Drive In's. In fact the majority of the smaller towns here have a Sonic, gotta have a place for the high-school kids to work and hang-out.

Down here they put on the roller-skates whenever they have promotions or during the holidays.

Posted by: CJ at August 12, 2004 12:46 PM

where is there a sonic's in the los angeles area?
thanks, carmen reyes

Posted by: carmen reyes at August 4, 2005 6:23 PM

I live in NYC. Where is this Sonic???? I'd love to try it out. I've heard so much about them.

Posted by: joe monroe at September 1, 2005 1:21 AM

I'm in a speech class and i am doing my speech on Sonic America's Drive in. we need to know were all the sonic's are located and i have check just about every were to find out. I was woundreing if maybe some one could e-mail me and let me know in what states SONIC AMERICANS DRIVE IN is located. my e-mail add. is thank you Brianna Griffith

Posted by: Brianna Griffith at October 6, 2005 4:27 PM

brianna. if i were your teacher, i would fail you. lets see, you know how to use some sort of search engine. yet you come to this site (clearly not sonic's site) and then you expect someone else to help you write your speech? are you actually retarded?

have you maybe ever thought of going to sonic's site? or even contacting sonic? brilliant!! brianna griffith, you're not very smart.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 6, 2005 4:34 PM

hey i love sonic

Posted by: nancy at February 9, 2006 12:26 PM

I grew up in Oklahoma and watched Sonic grow from a tiny chain to the monster they are now. The way they are growing they will be moving into the east coast.

check out:

Posted by: Billy G at November 7, 2006 8:58 PM

where is Sonic in Connecticut or nearby?

Posted by: Mark at December 10, 2006 2:01 PM

hello , just wondering is it possable to open a sonics in the nyc area?

Posted by: arthur at March 13, 2007 11:50 PM

I just wanted to say I live in michigan! And they are opening a sonic about 2 miles from my house. I can't wait I have had sonic twice and it is amazing!! If its in your area try it you will not eat mcdonalds or burgerking again.

Posted by: vince at December 30, 2008 9:04 AM

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