There are over 3,500 Sonic Drive-In locations in the United States, making this one of the biggest chains in the country. To give you an idea, there are around the same number of Sonic locations as the rapidly growing and hugely popular Chipotle. There are also more Sonic locations than there are Taco Bell, and nearly 5 times as many as there are Del Taco.
Sonic has taken its time to grow into the huge brand that it is today of course. It hasn’t enjoyed the fast, exponential growth enjoyed by the likes of Papa John’s and Jimmy John’s. It has slowly and steadily become a feature on the fast food landscape, going from one of the first burger chains in the country to a staple that Americans just can’t get enough of.
But where are the most popular Sonic locations? Where are the ones that people are talking about the most? Those are the questions we aim to answer in this guide to Sonic locations across the US and around the world.
As mentioned above, there are over 3,500 Sonic locations in the United States. The majority of these are in the state of Texas, which is big on burger chains. This is the home of Whataburger after all, and it is also a state that has helped countless other brands to get their foot onto the fast food ladder.
Other states that have taken to Sonic Drive-In include Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Kansas, which have more than 100 Sonic locations each. Tennessee and Oklahoma are the only other two states that have more than 200 Sonic locations (as of 2017) while Montana, Delaware and Connecticut have very few.
In fact, there are only 2 Sonic locations in the state of Montana and 1 in Delaware, while Massachusetts, Connecticut, North Dakota, Rhode Island and South Dakota have just 14 between them. So, while this feels like a chain that exists in every town and every city to many Americans, it is one that is actually very sparse in a handful of states.
Still, there is room for improvement, because despite being over half a century old Sonic continues to grow and to find new markets that appreciate its dedication to great tasting and low cost fast food.
Sonic Near Me
With so many Sonic locations across the United States there is a good chance of one being nearby. To find out, just click onto the main site and use the Sonic Drive-In Locator. Punch in your zip code and it will give you a list of the Sonic locations nearby.
Sonic Drive In Locations
There are many drive-in and drive-thru Sonic locations across the United States and only in the United States. What follows is a small selection of the most popular and the most talked about of these Sonic locations. These are by no means the oldest, the biggest or the richest, but they are the towns and the cities that have attracted your attention more than any others, for one reason or another.
Sonic Wichita Ks
This is one of the biggest fast food cities in the United States. It might not seem like it, but this is where fast food was born and where burger chains first hit the market. That’s because Wichita is the home of White Castle, everyone’s favorite source of low-cost sliders. Not only that, but this city is also the home of Pizza Hut, which is one of the largest pizza chains in the world, with over ten thousand locations in the United States and around the world.
Sonic is honored to be a part of the fast food landscape of this city, because doing so means it has become part of its vast food history.
Probably the biggest city in Arizona for Sonic locations, you can find one of these restaurants seemingly on every road. There are around a dozen of them in total and most of them are open until midnight, giving you a chance to drive by and pickup a freshly cooked burger well after the sun has gone down.
Sonic Drive in Houston Tx
This big city is one of the biggest regions for the Sonic brand. There are a number of locations here and more seem to be cropping up on every street corner. Everyone drives in Houston, which makes a drive-in chain like this perfect for a fast food and automobile loving populace.
Sonic Las Vegas
Las Vegas is one of the biggest cities in the United States for the Sonic chain. There are well over a dozen Sonic locations in Sin City, which means you can grab food on the go whenever you’re in town. Just remember that whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So no one needs to know about the time you bought 30 burgers and ate them in your underwear while watching the Cartoon Network.
Sonic Rochester NY
Sonic is not that big in the state of New York. That’s quite surprising, and it’s even more surprising when you consider that their two Rochester locations have proved to be incredibly popular with the locals. It’s surely a matter of time before we start seeing more and more Sonic locations cropping up in this city and across the state.
Lubbock is big on fast food and most of the country’s biggest and best brands can be found here. Sonic is just one of them, but there are close to 10 of their stores in this town. Everything is bigger in Texas, and that seems to include fast food.
Sonic Staten Island
Popular with tourists, it only makes sense that there would be many fast food chains here. Sonic is one of the biggest of those and delights locals and tourists alike every single day. Make sure you grab a burger if you’re in town.
Sonic Locations Worldwide
Although there are many Sonic locations in the United States, there are none outside this country. As far as we know Sonic is the largest US chain that doesn’t have locations outside the country. Chains like Krispy Kreme have fewer than a third of the number of locations, yet they are in more than a dozen countries.
Clearly Sonic has some catching up to do. But this is an American brand through and through, and you have to wonder if this is the sort of thing that would even work elsewhere. Carhops are common in the US but they are rare and even nonexistent outside of it. The question is, would this be something bizarre that is instantly dismissed, or something that is enough of a novelty to attract interest?
Until Sonic venture outside of the United States then it’s not likely we will know the answer to this question.