A few weeks ago, I put up a press release about Sonic opening a store in Birch Run. I knew it was just a matter of time before we would find an excuse to make the trip east.
The Sonic in Birch Run is the chain’s fifth Michigan store. It’s located on Main Street in front of the Prime Outlets. You can see it as soon as you get off the Interstate. The store has an exit and entrance from Main Street which was actually closed off when we first went by because of a lot of traffic, but most people will actually enter off Beyer Road in the back.
When we took a trip to Flint just a few weeks after the Sonic opening there, we actually had to wait in a line to get a stall. I assumed the same thing would happen in Birch Run.
We finally made our way to Sonic a little before six o’clock. The main entrance is accessible from Beyer Road. Since we were coming from the Outlet Mall, we were already close. We pulled in to the drive way and I noticed a stall right away. Instead of having two rows of stalls on one side of the building, they have one row on either side of the building.
There were actually two open stalls near the back. I took one and we started talking about what to order. We were both still pretty stuffed from our lunch at Tony’s across the street, so neither of us were really in a dinner mood. I wanted an Oreo Sonic Blast. I also thought I should get a little bit of food, so I ordered a small order of Jumbo Popcorn Chicken. J got an order of cheesy tots and a Rt. 44 Cherry Limeade.
After pushing the red button and waiting for the guy on the other end of the speaker, it was just a matter of time before a carhop on roller skates showed up with our food. Here’s a dilema I never thought about but J brought up. Should we tip the carhop? I mean, it is fast food, but on the other hand, we are being served. I never thought of it, but we did tip her this time and will from now on. They do have a pretty tough job avoiding crazy drivers while carrying a tray of food on roller skates.
We sat in the car and ate before getting back on the road. The Popcorn chicken was better than I expected. J said last time she got them they were mostly breading. I thought there was enough meat in each piece. Better than the national chain that popularized the dish back in the1990’s. The Sonic Blast was delicious. I love ice cream and Oreo’s. There was quite a bit of whipped cream on the top which isn’t my favorite, but I ate it.
J loves Sonic and this trip didn’t disappoint. The Limeade was made right this time (it wasn’t when we stopped in Oregon, OH). She was happy to see the cherry wedged under the plastic top. I didn’t realize they used a real lime until I started sucking on the ice after she was done. The tots were just what she was hoping for and the Limeade was perfect.
As we were sitting there, a manager was walking around checking on things. Even though I STILL don’t get it, I don’t mind stopping at Sonic for J. Sure, we could have found another local place to check, but Sonic makes J happy. When J’s happy, I’m happy.