From Our Editors
A pink ‘59 Cadillac flips on its headlights and a waiter strides to the window. “What’ll it be, Mac?” This was the golden age of carhops, when root beer cost a nickel and Roy Allen and Frank Wright—A&W themselves—were in the midst of expanding what was once a simple root-beer stand into an international chain. Today, A&W continues to slake thirsts with their signature root-beer floats, accompanied by an expanded menu of classic American foodstuffs to inspire both hunger and nostalgia for the sock-hopping, roller-skating days of last week. Now, icy treats share space with hot dogs made from American beef, fried cheese curds of creamy Wisconsin white cheddar, chicken strips, and single and double burgers.