The last time I had A & W root beer at their drive-in was as a kid ... at that time there were still car hops, a tray was attached to your window that held huge frosty mugs.
I've had a can here and there over the years, but that is the equivalent of bottled Starbucks frappucino ... it isn't the same.
So, I was passing by an A & W, the thirst was upon me and I drove up and placed my order.
Now I knew there would be no glass mug and my expectations were it wouldn't be close to what it was those many years ago. However, I was expecting better than canned and pleasant.
First I thought they gave me diet A & W, it had that artifical taste with the unpleasant aftertaste of fake sweeteners. On top of it, it was weak and watery.
I don't recall EVER taking a fast food item back ... we aren't talking pricy fine wine here ... I usually just toss and take the loss of a buck or two.
However, I was so offended by this drink that I took it back ... first to check if it was a mistaken diet version and second to alert them if they had a dispensing machine having problems.
They were nice as can be. Confrimed it was regular and not diet, tossed my cup and put a bit in another cup to sip and check ... yep, that was what A & W was meant to taste like. They substituted a Pepsi for me because I really couldn't drink that even if it hadn't been tossed.
The Pepsi was on the weak side too, so perhaps it is just the way this A&W mixes its soda.
So the question is ... has A&W deteriorated that much ... or did I just stop at a bad A&W?
Is there still frosty goodness out there or has it went the way of car hops?
How's the rest of the food?
Here's a post from a few months back that seems positive and gives me hope there are better A & W's out there.