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 $8, you get two combo meals, each including a burger, fries, and a 20-ounce root beer (up to a $15.98 value), at the A&W of Smithfield in Greenville.
The speed-walking servers at A&W of Smithfield 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 burger combos, such as the Papa (a $7.99 value), leading the pack with two beef patties topped with A&W's signature sauce. The beefy bacon cheeseburger combo (a $6.99 value) bogarts all the mouth room, sprawling its sirloin patties, special sauce, strips of bacon, and veggies all over tongue sofas. All meaty combos are rounded out with a regular order of crisp fries and a 20-ounce root beer, perfect for quenching thirst while growing a foamy handlebar mustache.
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.