Enjoying the cuisine of another country can inspire people to someday travel there, where they will undoubtedly eat a cheeseburger and immediately come home. Save yourself the trouble with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of American drive-in fare at Stayton A&W.
Stayton A&W exudes the aura of a '50s-style drive-in, where carhops bustle bushels of juicy burgers, sweet floats, and chilidogs to diners in their cars. Pull into one of A&W's signature carports, peruse the menu, and then steam up the windows with some hot chili ($1/bowl) and a titillating public-radio program. Combo packs combine savory centerpieces such as the Papa double burger—draped in edible garments of american cheese, onion, pickles, and A&W Papa sauce—with accompanying fries and a drink ($6.69 for a combo). Coney cheese dogs ($2.49) amuse tongues with a carnival of flavor, and children can masquerade as mad scientists without setting fire to spice cabinets thanks to foamy mustaches from each 16-ounce root-beer float ($2.59). Or diners can wash down with meals a 20-ounce slushie ($2.09), available in flavors such as cherry, lime, and watermelon.
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.
1215 W Washington St.
Stayton, Oregon 97383