Astronaut cooks have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle disks to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today’s Groupon: for $10 you get $20 worth of classic American fare and drinks at A&W of Smithfield in Greenville.
The speed-walking servers at A&W stroll right up to diners' car windows to deliver armfuls of savory burgers and cups of creamy root beer. Pull up and park cars before perusing the menu for a brood of belly-busting burgers like the beefy bacon-double cheeseburger ($4.95), which bogarts mouth room as it sprawls its sirloin patties, special sauce, strips of bacon, and veggies all over tongue sofas. Opt for a 100% beef hot dog ($2.99) topped to your liking or make it a two-weiner combo ($6.50) and pair them with a regular order of crisp fries and a 20-ounce root beer, perfect for quenching thirst while growing a foamy handlebar mustache. Classic American bites like chicken strips ($6.50) and a steak sandwich ($5.25) round out the menu, while a root-beer float (starting at $2.40) or shake ($4.35) ends car-dining experiences on a sweet note.
A&W of Smithfield
A pink ‘59 Cadillac flips on its headlights and a waiter strides to the window. “What'll be, Mac?” This was the golden age of carhops, when root-beer cost a nickel, and Joe Fanning built A&W of Smithfield with a hammer, saw, and a little elbow grease. Today, it is still a family operation under the ownership of Stephanie Mosca, whose sisters and kids have all slung sarsaparilla among the eatery's carports. Those servers and their compatriots have dispensed more than one million dogs and 97,000 frosty mugs of A&W root-beer at the location. Every year from March to October, diners drive up and flip on their lights to signal to a carhop that they are ready to order. Hot dogs made from American beef pair perfectly with root-beer floats laced in cool tufts of froth, and burgers match up to pamphlets about not feeding the cassette deck no matter how hungry it looks.
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