Review of Sonic Drive-In USA Sonic Cheeseburger
What they say:
What you see is what you get. Melty American cheese, crinkle-cut pickles, chopped onions, fresh shredded lettuce & ripe tomatoes on a perfectly seasoned, 100% pure beef patty with your choice of mustard, mayo or ketchup. Straightforward and tasty, just the way it should be.
Price: $3.45, med combo $5.99.
Calories: 720 kcal (with ketchup).
Interesting place. Well, it is labelled a drive in, so I’d expect the majority of custom to be via the outside hatch. But there is an inside seating area too, so walk-ins are clearly welcome.
And that’s where it gets interesting. The counter as such is completely blocked off and each table has a red telephone handset. That’s how you order, via this hotline.
Told you – interesting! And there’s also posters up explaining how to order by Internet or SMS.
I sat down and picked up my burger hotline. A friendly voice answered. My name is such-and-such, he said, I hope you’re having a great day. Even before taking my order, he was hoping my day was good. And he sounded genuine.
So I asked for a normal Sonic Cheeseburger with Tater Tots. A short wait and out he trots with my order and a big smile. It seems America is embracing the UK’s #1 burger website.
I opened up my packaging. The burger was wrapped in paper, inside a foil wrap, inside a paper bag. Wrapping overkill? I think, for the journey of a couple of years to my table, it possibly is.
Anyway, I opened it up and got stuck into the Tots first. Tater Tots look, and taste, exactly like mini potato croquettes and I really enjoyed having the choice of something other than fries. The tots were warm, fluffy and crunchy.
Onto the burger then, and it was quite small. Absolutely fair enough, considering the price.
The bun was squashy and inside I could make out pickles, tomato, pieces of onion, a large slice of American cheese and the beef patty. All standard American burger stuff.
With my first bite, my immediate reaction was that it tastes similar to McDonald’s cheeseburgers. It didn’t blow me away but it was enjoyable. The beef was very ordinary fast food fayre. Tasty enough and fitted well within the bun.
The combination of flavours (and smell, I must add) made for a very tasty meal of the sort that makes you want the next mouthful even before you’ve finished the current one.
I would just add that while I chose a fairly basic meal, the menu here is quite comprehensive, including a choice of 25 yummy looking milkshakes.
That, and the decor, gives the place a sort of 50s Americana feel.
Service with a smile, fun and entertaining gadgetry, great menu, tasty food and low prices. Sonic gets the BurgerLad.com thumbs up.