Sonic Drive-In has always had a special place in my imagination. Growing up in a Sonic desert—bombarded by daily teasing commercials but 50 minutes from the nearest location—was tough. Without easy access, Sonic held a place of honor in my personal fast-food hall of fame, where Del Taco, In-N-Out Burger, and Jack in the Box are all first ballot. (Can you tell I grew up on the East Coast?)
So when the French toast on Sonic’s new French Toaster Breakfast Sandwich was a little overcooked—burnt, actually—it didn’t really take away from the overall experience for me. Honestly.
Released this month (and available for a limited time), the French Toaster features a choice of sausage or bacon with a well-cooked egg and standard fast-food American cheese, bookended by French toast (that’s how it differs from the regular Breakfast Toaster). Clearly, Sonic is hoping the French Toaster will join the honor list of all-in-one breakfast sandwiches, competing with McDonald’s McGriddles and Taco Bell’s Waffle Taco. It’s a pretty good contender.
For $3.99, it’s a pretty generous-size sandwich, plus you get a side of pancake syrup for dipping. I found this unnecessary since the sausage (and maybe the French toast) has a slight maple flavoring of its own. The French Toaster is a really solid breakfast choice, available all day if that’s your thing.
And when at Sonic, you might as well do it right. As anyone within blasting range of Sonic’s commercials knows, the menu is a smorgasbord of burgers, fried things, and food for drunk people (Chili Cheese Tots, hello). I chased my breakfast sandwich with a Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog (excellent) and Cherry Limeade (side note, there are over a million drink combinations available at Sonic).
Excessive? Probably, but it’s not every day that you get to eat at Sonic, especially if, like me, you live 20 miles and a deprived childhood away from the closest one. All of the food came to under $8, which isn’t a bad deal, comparable to value meals at other chains.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that the Sonic staff were exceedingly friendly to me. Noticing I was taking a few photos, the manager came out to talk about how the sandwich was selling and to make sure I liked everything. Good service, especially in fast food, is pretty hard to come by.
So while the Sonic French Toaster might not be my everyday breakfast go-to (props to the McMuffin) it’s worth a try if you’re lucky enough to be close to a Sonic, or even reasonably close to one. It won’t, on its own, place Sonic on anybody’s fast-food dream team, but it won’t kick Sonic off the team, either.
Photos by Dan McKay
Dan McKay is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician—oh wait, that's Ryan Gosling. Dan is a Philly-based freelance writer, photographer, and digital marketer. He has written for Eater and Thrillist, in addition to other publications. Outside of work, you might run across him in the Asian market or in one of Philly’s local drinking establishments.