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Well- Merkley+Partners set out to visit 100 Sonic Drive-In’s by Friday, October 29th… and WE DID IT!!! With Days to spare! Here is our 100th Sonic location:

…ok, so Sonic #100 isn’t actually one of their Drive-In restaurants… but it is a location we hope to be visiting soon!


Thanks to the entire Merkley Family for all of your help! We’re sure you enjoyed it as much as we did!


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1820 Texoma Pkwy, Sherman, TX 75090

This is the Sonic on Texoma Parkway in Sherman, TX.  It was relocated about 10 years ago close to the busiest intersection in Sherman and stays busy all the time.  The colorful umbrellas provide a pleasant dining experience for local college students.

~Dick & Maurine – Saint Jo, TX

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1003 Hwy 377 North, Whitesboro, TX 76273

This Sonic in Whitesboro, TX on Hwy 377 is a local hotspot and also a favorite with campers and boaters going to Lake Texoma too.  We frequent this one and always get great service by their friendly staff.  This afternoon it was refreshing Cherry Limeades after we finished cutting the grass.

~Dick & Maurine – Saint Jo, TX

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3750 Main Street, The Colony, TX 76051

I refueled from my 80 mile bike ride at the Sonic in The Colony.  I think it took about two minutes to put down the grilled chicken wrap, as hungry as I was.  Diet Cherry Limeaide, can’t beat it!

~Nancy – The Colony, TX

Sonic Skater

Happy after my refuel

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Thought this trip to Sonic would be like any other we take.  We’re here at least once to twice a week.  With 2 teenage boys and a handful of sports and activities, grabbing dinner or an after dinner snack on the road has just become a way of life.  I must say that our local Sonic just offers an assortment of what they like and it is never much of a debate.  I have one son that eats everything and another that is so pickey that he can tell when I change brands of ketchup.  The drive-in is the best, and not to say that it is something that I am proud of or my friends who “eat organic” would find a lot of pride in, but quick and consistent is important and we have found it here.  Our favorites are the burgers, tots and slushies.

Trying to take a picture of 2 teenage boys, was a different story.  The looked at me like I had two heads when I suggested a quick photo with the server or in front of the sign……
do you know who might see us, mom?”………..”I know this might have been the time for a lecture on the importance of being  your own person, and not taking cues from what others might think,….but I just couldn’t muster up the energy!!”.  My reply was just “fine,……can one of you at least hold the camera, so I can get into the picture??”….Though only a little less embarassing, I tried to show the boys (dorned with my just worked out attire and hairdo) that I am woman and I am strong!!  Now pass me a burger and let’s hit the road.

Margo M.
Scottsdale, AZ

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So Karl and I decide to take the train to Boston to check out the new – and what we understand to be the highest volume – Sonic in the country. Having spent the majority of my teens through early 20’s in Oklahoma, it’s a little hard to imagine Sonic being a new concept. However, also having lived in Boston for several years, I absolutely could identify with the excitement around the idea of having Sonic come to the area. Geez, I missed it when I was there.

So, train to BBY, then rental car and GPS took us down the woodsy, windy road that is the Wilmington area. Once we started scouting the trading area, it was clear why a new Sonic would be big news – (and a local blog confirmed it) there’s not much there in terms of fast food. There’s an ancient-looking Burger King on Lowell Street just off I-93 and down the road, McDonald’s sits right next to the new Sonic. That’s it, no Taco Bell, Wendy’s, KFC, etc that we could see.

And let’s be frank, the McDonald’s too looks ancient. Having worked on the McDonald’s account for over 10 years and specifically in New England, I know that the Boston area was the oldest Region in the country in terms of physical plant age. From the looks of this McDonald’s, not much has changed. Just goes to show you that you don’t need a shiny exterior, cushy chairs and flat screens when you’re the only game in town – I too remember this particular location doing very well.

Anyway, let’s talk about Sonic. Because officially it was “brunch” time, Karl ordered the Steak & Egg Breakfast Burrito, tots (of course) and a cherry limeade. He loved everything. I wanted to try something from the $1 Value menu since we haven’t had a Sonic near to try it. I ordered the Jr Breakfast Burrito and my standard Vanilla Diet Coke with lime. Oh, and Karl wanted me to be sure to point out, he likes how the order screens are placed so you can see both clearly from the front seat, a plus.

I thought the portion size on the Jr was perfect and a great value for just a buck. The 9-item Value Menu was pretty impressive considering the number of “value” menus out and the fact that depending where you are, there may or not be anything legit that is $1 – more often its, starting at $1.

While we were waiting for our food (which wasn’t long) we checked in on Foursquare. We couldn’t believe how many positive – and some downright giddy – tips there were about “the best thing to happen in Fast Food in this area.”

Our Carhop, Matthew, was terrific. Was a bit nervous when we first started explaining our quest, but then warmed up and offered us directions to the Peabody location – believe me, in the land of roundabouts and u-turns, they were needed.

So, at Sonic stop #2, we were served by Brandon. This kid was awesome and didn’t have a shy bone in his body. Loved “the quest.” It was Brandon who proudly proclaimed that the Wilmington Sonic was “#1 in the country!” After taking a pic, he must have handed the Merkley card to the manager because a few minutes later, she skated up to our window to make sure everything was delish. Or maybe it was just genuine interest – better yet!

Not everything was perfect we’ll admit. This time, we tried the new featured Southwest Spicy Burger and I had a regular #1 cheeseburger (my old favorite). The burgers weren’t as hot as they have been in the past. I can remember opening that foil pack to steaming bun, melty cheese, etc. but the last few times it’s not been the case. Karl still liked his burger thanks to the delicious build, but they weren’t as stellar as some of the other items. And I tried another $1 Menu item, the Jr Frito Chili pie wrap and I’m not sure who’s idea it was but I’d like to shake his or her hand. Well done. Again, perfect size for me and well worth a buck!

Welcome to Massachusetts Sonic – looks like they’re ready for you!

Mel & Karl

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M+P found a delicious way to spend this past weekend, making Merkley’s Sonic 100 challenge number jump from 30 to 90!!!

Merkley employees brought their friends and family members to enjoy Sonic’s all across the country. Check out our new count, by state:

90 stores and counting!!

With 5 days left and ten stores left to visit- we’re right on track. Check out some photos from our Sonic Weekend Blitz!

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