Over the last year the Naperville/Aurora area has spawned a few additions to the Sonic fast food chain. As it is with all new restaurants (especially when new to a geographical area), Sonic has enjoyed a flurry of excitement and business, packed parking lots, and long lines. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out what the big deal is. When making a statement like that, I realize the fanboys will come from the woodwork defending their favorite chain, but let’s all be a little objective in evaluating this fast food joint.
Food Quality: average
Sonic is fast food. Let’s not forget that and begin comparing it to places that put a little more effort into food and less into fast. After eating there several times over the last few years, I can say that absolutely nothing stands out in terms of food quality. It’s not bad, but I’m not clamoring for more. Fries are less than average. Nothing to see here.
Atmosphere: fun once.
It is a drive-in, and if you notice that is their big selling point. It’s their biggest gimic. You drive up, order via a intercom system, and then a girl on skates wheels your food out to you. But why is that good? I have no idea. First of all, fast food will make your car stink in a matter of minutes. I certainly don’t want to eat an entire meal in the Matrix unless I have to. No worries, they have alternative seating right? Sure, but only outside. Ok maybe a drive-in isn’t very practical. About the skates…yesterday I genuinely felt sorry for our food delivery girl b/c she looked about 1 wrong move from face planting on the sidewalk.
Menu: average (interesting beverages)
There isn’t anything on the menu that you won’t find at just about any other place besides Tots. I mean tots are ok, but I’m going to choose fries every time. There is little diversity which is normal for fast food, but remember I’m trying to figure out why people flock to this establishment.
Comparable to any other burger joint.
The bottom line is that Sonic isn’t frying up anything but mediocrity. There’s no reason to drive past other burger joints to get to one unless you just dig sitting in your car or maybe know someone who works there. So when one opens up where you live and you don’t rush to try it out during the grand opening, you aren’t really missing anything besides waiting 30 min to get food you can eat in 10.
Truth be told, I made this entire post so I could post this picture.