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Here is the rundown on our Sonic Drive-In experience:
This week the kids and I enjoyed something we haven't had since our last trip out of state -- we ate at a Sonic Drive-In. Sonics pepper the Midwest and several Southern states, but the Inland region has been missing out for years.
Recently locations have opened in Hemet and Murrieta.
We visited the Murrieta location and brought some other pint-sized reviewers with us to test out our So Cal Sonic.
At Sonics you have two dining options. You can pull into a parking stall and dine in your car, or you can sit at an outdoor table. The servers were all on roller skates (I'm always so impressed by their coordination -- bad things would happen if I served our meals on roller skates). However, my son was disappointed that he didn't get to skate too.
Apparently the Murrieta location is doing very well because there wasn't one parking slot open, so we did our dining in the great outdoors.
The kids meal options include an entrée like chicken strips, a junior burger, a corn dog or a grilled cheese sandwich. The meals come with the side dish choices of apple slices with caramel dip, a banana, fries or tots and a drink (there are about 25 options here). They also come with the requisite toy.
There was some variety among the kids' choices. One went with a grilled cheese sandwich, two got hamburgers and one chose a corndog. We all had to get tater tots with our meals. Where else can you get tots?
And most of us had to sample the slushes. Again, where else can you get slushes? Shakes and smoothies yes. But slushes aren't easily found in this region.
Our flavors were strawberry, bubble gum and grape -- all delicious.
Grown ups got the popcorn chicken meal and a grilled chicken sandwich.
There wasn't a crumb left on a single kid's wrapper AND they started digging through my popcorn chicken after finishing their meals.
The consensus among the mini reviewers was that the "food is great" and "we should go all the time."
Grownups liked it too. Especially those slushes. I think they should be a staple item in every drive through.
Inland locations: 3651 West Stetson, Hemet or 39490 Murrieta Hot Springs, Murrieta
Menu: Burgers, chicken, salads, coneys, sides and a variety of drink options
Price: About $3 for kids meals; about $5-$7 for adult meals