Which fast food outlets have vanilla milkshakes that actually go beyond "boring, plain, and unexciting?" We picked nine nationwide chains, put our waistlines on the line, and braved the worst case of brain freeze in recorded history to find out. Here are our favorites.
'Sonic' on Serious Eats
New Sonic locations will open in Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, Buffalo, and Rochester within the next several years, but whether the company can hit their lofty target remains to be seen.
A glass (or a Styrofoam cup) of Real Ice Cream is just a milkshake; it's the mix-ins that supposedly make it a gourmet innovation. And that's where Sonic's new Master Blasts either sink or swim.
In a traditional cinnamon roll, the dough is basically just a delivery mechanism for the filling and icing. Sonic's inside-out Cinnasnacks seem to totally get that and deliver in kind. Goo lovers and frosting fans, rejoice.
Where I grew up, the Sonic chain of drive-in fast food burger restaurants was thin on the ground. New York is not exactly a city with a car culture. So I was a bit slow to get onto the Sonic Cherry Limeade boat, but now that I'm aboard, I can say with reckless abandon that it is truly the king of fast food soft drinks.
Whether it's my advanced age or my hopelessly uncool car, eating a burger while hunched over the steering wheel of a stationary automobile just doesn't sound like fun to me. Even with roller skating carhops.
If you want a pouch of potato sticks, you can visit pretty much any fast food establishment on the planet. But if it's lunchtime and you want to put a ring on it, you've got to plot out your run a bit more carefully. The ring's the thing that decides many a burger destination.
While I could never bring myself to suggest Sonic over the local 100-year-old neighborhood hot dog stand, Sonic's four new "regional" style hot dogs ($1.99 each) were much better than I expected, and if you're in a part of the country lacking decent hot dogs, or just looking for a quick bite, these things are genuinely satisfying.
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