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 to Sonic. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get $14 worth of lunch and dinner fare and drinks.<p>
- For $5, you get breakfast combos for two (up to a $9.38 value). Each combo includes:
- One breakfast entree
- One medium tater tots or fries
- One medium soft drink or 14-ounce coffee<p>
- For $5, you get $10 worth of frozen treats.
Sonic’s nimble carhops deliver burgers, breakfast sandwiches, and frozen treats to be noshed by diners in parked cars. After pulling up beneath a colorful awning, drivers press a red button on the car-side menu kiosk to place their order with Sonic staff or its sentient fry cooker. Carhops then transport lunch and dinner entrees such as a foot-long coney dog with chili ($3.29/coney, $599 med. combo) or a crunchy bacon cheeseburger ($4.09/burger, $6.09 med. combo) to jalopies alongside medium soft drinks and bundles of fries or tater tots. Alternatively, imbibe a hot coffee alongside breakfast fare such as a sausage or bacon breakfast burrito or opt to smuggle contraband spoons through customs inside frozen treats such as candy-sprinkled Sonic blasts or a banana split.
Sonic Drive In
Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic Drive In’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: best value menu, best milk shake, and best drive-thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.