Back in the day, when I lived in the upper mid-west there was a battle between drive-ins. Sonic vs. A&W. I loved both but A&W always edged out sonic because they served their root beer in frosted glass mugs. That root beer was so ice-cold and fantastic. Burgers and onion rings were seriously good too.
Well something obviously happened over the years because Sonic is still going strong as a drive-in. A&W has partnered with Long John Silvers and now they are a two-in-one restaurant.
There are a few A&W’s left that are still actual drive-ins….but nowhere near me. I drive by the LJS/A&W locations all the time but never stop. Most locations were simple LJS and they added the burger joint – so in my opinion – they aren’t equipped to make great burgers because they are mainly a fish-fry-place.
But as I drove by one today, I decided to stop. See if the quality had changed. Okay..get hushpuppies and a root beer float also.
The hushpuppies were standard LJS and are just as I remembered them. The root beer float was awesome. The fries were actually better than I remember. Sort of like smaller “steak fries” type.
The burger was meh. No other way to put it. It has been years since I been to LJS/A&W and after today that clock resets. It will most likely be quite awhile before I return again.