Sonic Drive-Ins Slowly Creeping Northward

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Many people may not realize that there's a significant geographic bias against the northern border states by Drive-In-Style fast food chains, but this map clearly shows one exists. The map shows states with the most Sonic Drive-Ins (red), followed by those with fewer than 125 stores (purple) and those with no stores (brown). There are a few factors at work here:

First, the chain started in Oklahoma and thus most stores are in the states surrounding that state. Second, neither North Dakota nor Montana have large urban populations. Third, and most importantly, the weather can be a serious issue. How many people want a Cherry Lime-Aid Slushie when the ground is covered slush? Actually, we want one right now because they're delicious.

Nevertheless, Sonic is considering breaking through the Cheese-Tot-Maginot-Line that stretches from Montana to Maine by opening up their first store in Savage, Minnesota. The company has even developed cold-weather uniforms for use in places like Nebraska and Ohio. So fear not New Hampshire and Michigan, your Sonic Sunrise Shake may not be as far away as you think. [Star Tribune]

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Sonics are great!! To the guy who asked "who needs a burger at 7am", try their breakfast burrito instead. Choose between sausage, bacon or ham with eggs and cheese. Or, if you're brave, have the Super Sonic Breakfast burrito. They add jalapeƱos and tater tots to it. Weighs about 3 pounds. The regular ones are only about a pound, but they're still three times the size of a McDonalds breakfast burrito. They're made fresh too. Last time I had the combo (includes small tater tots and a medium drink), it was less than 3 bucks.

Sonic also rivals Dairy Queen for the variety of shakes, malts, floats, and other fountain drinks.

No, I don't work for Sonic...just love em'.