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(LA Times)   Starbucks will now overcharge you for handcrafted sodas. Or you could just, you know, go to Sonic. But then how will people see you write your novel?   (latimes.com) divider line 41
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2014-06-23 02:23:27 PM
Sonic ain't exactly cheap, subby
 
2014-06-23 02:55:24 PM

ArkAngel: Sonic ain't exactly cheap, subby


It costs $0.10 more for extra flavoring in soda. That ain't exactly breaking the bank, Jack.
 
2014-06-23 03:23:50 PM

HawgWild: ArkAngel: Sonic ain't exactly cheap, subby

It costs $0.10 more for extra flavoring in soda. That ain't exactly breaking the bank, Jack.


But if you're strapped for cash, that dime could make all the difference in Obama's America, George.
 
2014-06-23 04:24:57 PM
Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit
 
2014-06-23 05:15:35 PM
Just get a sodastream. Blood soda tastes wonderful.
 
2014-06-23 05:20:10 PM
I'm waiting for my artisanal free-range sodas, thank you.
 
2014-06-23 05:24:19 PM
 
2014-06-23 05:27:03 PM

timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit


Count yourself lucky.

Sonic is *awful*. I seriously don't get the appeal.
 
2014-06-23 05:36:59 PM

timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit


The local megamall has a Sonic in the center food court. They don't allow me in there anymore. I guess not all Sonics are drive-thru.
 
2014-06-23 06:18:54 PM

realmolo: timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit

Count yourself lucky.

Sonic is *awful*. I seriously don't get the appeal.


Well, around rural Texas, it's often the only thing in the town. Not even a local diner. It's a B minus burger, but the tots and beverage menu make the place a oasis if you've been stringing fence all morning, before the heat.
 
2014-06-23 06:21:42 PM

wildcardjack: realmolo: timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit

Count yourself lucky.

Sonic is *awful*. I seriously don't get the appeal.

Well, around rural Texas, it's often the only thing in the town. Not even a local diner. It's a B minus burger, but the tots and beverage menu make the place a oasis if you've been stringing fence all morning, before the heat.


Have you tried beer?
 
2014-06-23 06:22:56 PM

Devo: wildcardjack: realmolo: timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit

Count yourself lucky.

Sonic is *awful*. I seriously don't get the appeal.

Well, around rural Texas, it's often the only thing in the town. Not even a local diner. It's a B minus burger, but the tots and beverage menu make the place a oasis if you've been stringing fence all morning, before the heat.

Have you tried beer?


How do you think he gets through a Texas evening?

/lives in Arizona, it's like Texas but without all the smarts
 
2014-06-23 06:25:24 PM
Ok, I haven't been to a Starbucks in forever, but what do they serve for "lunch"?  Do they have a salad, quick serve burrito, hamburger, what?
 
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2014-06-23 06:29:48 PM

realmolo: timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit

Count yourself lucky.

Sonic is *awful*. I seriously don't get the appeal.


Yet there burgers taste just as good as poser favorite, In-N-Out.
 
2014-06-23 06:30:12 PM

ski9600: Ok, I haven't been to a Starbucks in forever, but what do they serve for "lunch"?  Do they have a salad, quick serve burrito, hamburger, what?


They sell little sandwiches, cheesecake squares, salads, wraps etc. All over priced and all premade then shipped to the location.
 
2014-06-23 06:59:36 PM
Haven't they already been doing this? I could have sworn I saw a Starbucks offering the "handcrafted" sodas a few months ago.

//Might have just been a trial-run thing, though
 
2014-06-23 07:18:22 PM

MrTDGoodrich: Haven't they already been doing this? I could have sworn I saw a Starbucks offering the "handcrafted" sodas a few months ago.

//Might have just been a trial-run thing, though


Possibly, or they have been advertising their Refreshers line's new flavors too, which come in a can in stores.

Also, like others in this thread I do believe subby is vastly overestimating the number of Sonics in a lot of the country. I know there's one in South Hill just past Puyallup, and I think one in Federal Way, but that's it for near me to my knowledge. I've got four Starbucks in my town alone, although one is one of those indoor ones in the Safeway and another is kind of tacked on to the Fred Meyer building. Hell, even Popeyes is closer to me than the nearest Sonics, and the closest for them is just off 18 in Federal Way. And if I go out that way for food, you can be damn sure I'm heading to the Popeyes.
 
2014-06-23 07:26:18 PM
There's a coffee shop in San Luis Obispo that has Hibiscus Kombucha tea on tap.  Wake me when Starbucks gets to *that* level of artisanal, hipster goodness.
 
2014-06-23 07:41:16 PM

Whatthefark: ski9600: Ok, I haven't been to a Starbucks in forever, but what do they serve for "lunch"?  Do they have a salad, quick serve burrito, hamburger, what?

They sell little sandwiches, cheesecake squares, salads, wraps etc. All over priced and all premade then shipped to the location.


Yeah, so I've got a little donut shop near me that trys to do the same thing.  The problem is that they don't produce enough or they produce too much to service the store each day.  I walked in there the other day at 8am and they were already sold out of breakfast burritos.  The same thing with the doughnuts, they cook them once in the morning and transfer them to the store, it's BS.  If I want a pre-made, over-priced burrito, sandwich, wrap or salad, I could go to the farking grocery store and pay a whole lot less.
 
2014-06-23 08:01:16 PM
So instead of a barista, will I be able to go in and talk to a jerk?
Or is this bottled?
 
2014-06-23 08:15:40 PM

timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit


No Sonics here in Seattle either.  Thanks to that goddamn Starbucks CEO.
 
2014-06-23 08:22:47 PM

realmolo: timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit

Count yourself lucky.

Sonic is *awful*. I seriously don't get the appeal.


You don't really go to Sonic for the food, although I am able to get a not-bad approximation of a Chicago-style hotdog there. Also the shakes! OMG the shakes.
 
2014-06-23 08:38:57 PM
Sonic is way more expensive because of the 120 mile round trip to get there.
 
2014-06-23 08:40:06 PM

timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit


There's one in Monrovia. And like....Bakersfield....
 
2014-06-23 08:49:00 PM

realmolo: Sonic is *awful*. I seriously don't get the appeal.


Agreed. Their commercials apparently work amazingly well. Their food is shiat.

HawgWild: ArkAngel: Sonic ain't exactly cheap, subby

It costs $0.10 more for extra flavoring in soda. That ain't exactly breaking the bank, Jack.


But if you let it earn 7% interest over 40 years it will become $1.50 and we're talking real money.
 
2014-06-23 08:58:36 PM
Occasionally I'll swing by Sonic for a bladder buster Diet Coke.  It is always a sweet surprise when I happen to hit it during Happy Hour, and pay just over a buck for 44 ounces of carbonated refreshment.
 
2014-06-23 09:03:15 PM

Surool: Sonic is way more expensive because of the 120 mile round trip to get there.


You're lucky - I'd have to include airfare for a trip to Sonic.
 
2014-06-23 09:09:25 PM

umad: realmolo: Sonic is *awful*. I seriously don't get the appeal.

Agreed. Their commercials apparently work amazingly well. Their food is shiat.

HawgWild: ArkAngel: Sonic ain't exactly cheap, subby

It costs $0.10 more for extra flavoring in soda. That ain't exactly breaking the bank, Jack.

But if you let it earn 7% interest over 40 years it will become $1.50 and we're talking real money.




If you go between 2-4, during happy hour, drinks are 1/2 price. Now that's real money.
 
2014-06-23 09:09:34 PM

realmolo: timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit

Count yourself lucky.

Sonic is *awful*. I seriously don't get the appeal.


get a chocolate sprite

it tastes like a tootsie roll
 
2014-06-23 09:41:27 PM
Sonic....Hot Fudge Shake after working horses all morning and it's 90 degrees with 90% humidity before 10am. East Texas heaven. $2.79 and you can make a sandwich at home. Or....the 44 ounce classic Cherry Coke on a 300 mile road trip with Ozzy's Crazy Train screaming and the top down - that is the day summer starts.
 
2014-06-23 09:59:57 PM

HawgWild: ArkAngel: Sonic ain't exactly cheap, subby

It costs $0.10 more for extra flavoring in soda. That ain't exactly breaking the bank, Jack.


Says Richie Rich
 
2014-06-23 10:00:32 PM

Needlessly Complicated: Also the shakes! OMG the shakes.


When I was a teenager in OK, I'd order a Rt. 44 strawberry shake.  It wasn't on the menu so the price mildly fluctuated as they guessed what to charge me, but yeah...real ice cream, real strawberries, 44 oz., and I used to demolish those things.  And no, I was never even close to being fat.
 
2014-06-23 10:12:03 PM

ShutYerBeak: Sonic....Hot Fudge Shake after working horses all morning and it's 90 degrees with 90% humidity before 10am. East Texas heaven. $2.79 and you can make a sandwich at home. Or....the 44 ounce classic Cherry Coke on a 300 mile road trip with Ozzy's Crazy Train screaming and the top down - that is the day summer starts.


Definitely sounds like summers here in Texas.
 
2014-06-23 11:53:12 PM
CSB: Stopped at Sonic the other day (like most days between 2-4 for half-priced happy hour and to combat the sweltering heat and humidity here) and the following conversation ensued:
Me: Ummm... Can you tell me what flavor is in the Polynesian Punch slush?
Sonic Dude: That's got, like, orange and Polynesian.
Me: Okay? What about the Miami Sunrise.
Sonic Dude: Like orange and sunrise.
Me: Hmmm... That really helped. I guess I'll just take a strawberry with Nerds.

I wasn't aware "Polynesian" and "sunrise" were now legit flavors. No one said they hire the guy on the other side of the menu for his intelligence.
 
2014-06-24 01:05:44 AM

K.B.O. Winston: Hibiscus Kombucha tea


The moments that the hipsters discover SLO is the moment I release all the inmates at the asylum.
 
2014-06-24 01:26:21 AM
I've been to a Sonic in Boise. But we are kind of short on them up in Alberta.
 
2014-06-24 02:16:09 AM

dbax1985: CSB: Stopped at Sonic the other day (like most days between 2-4 for half-priced happy hour and to combat the sweltering heat and humidity here) and the following conversation ensued:
Me: Ummm... Can you tell me what flavor is in the Polynesian Punch slush?
Sonic Dude: That's got, like, orange and Polynesian.
Me: Okay? What about the Miami Sunrise.
Sonic Dude: Like orange and sunrise.
Me: Hmmm... That really helped. I guess I'll just take a strawberry with Nerds.

I wasn't aware "Polynesian" and "sunrise" were now legit flavors. No one said they hire the guy on the other side of the menu for his intelligence.


I think they became official flavors about the same time I started seeing "flamingo" as a clothes color in the catalogs I occasionally get.

/really guys, 'pink' wasn't good enough?
 
2014-06-24 02:35:27 AM
Sonic also does 'Happy Hour' specials and 2-for-1 after 8pm at most locations.

Cherry Watermelon slush is yummles.

Sonic Ultimate Drink Stop offers 1,063,953 Fountain Drink and Slush combinations.

I do not recommend the cashier sweat and mop bucket limeade. But I hear the mouse malk shake is getting popular.
i.huffpost.com
 
2014-06-24 08:43:31 AM
I assume Starbucks sodas are just Torino syrups and seltzer water, which is an improvement over Sonic's industrial food service syrups.
 
2014-06-24 09:13:22 AM

Miss Stein: timujin: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Sonic in southern California, subby?  The closest one is 40 miles from my house.

/dammit

No Sonics here in Seattle either.  Thanks to that goddamn Starbucks CEO.


But you have Dicks! Why eat at Sonic when you could eat a Dick?
 
2014-06-24 09:33:35 AM
I made my own rhubarb ginger syrup the other day since I had some rhubarb left over after baking a pie. How much hipster cred does that buy me? Of course, I prefer the ginger vanilla syrup made with brandy...

/Just add homemade syrups to club soda fto make your own quick and easy soda.
 
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