Food of the Seventies, A&W Rootbear Floats

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Lisa - November 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Yep, I grew up near Taylorville, Illinois and I'm pretty sure that is where we had an A&W Drive Inn! My mom still has a "baby" A&W glass mug like the picture to the right! (I think my parents "snitched" it!) :0
Olympianbabe - March 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I drink the soda. It's good.
YOMAMA911 - May 14, 2009 - Report this comment
DBLCLICKER - August 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I love the A&W Root Beer Flots and still get to enjoy them. There is still one old A&W Root Beer stand on 23rd Street in Independence, MO. You can tell it's been around a while, but the root beer is delicious and the flots are fantastic.
Ian - December 16, 2009 - Report this comment
You can still get them in many parts of Canada, although A&W was much better in the 70's. They had cool restaurants, not only with the drive-ins, but some had nice comfy decor inside and even fish&chips.
AL - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
We used to have an A&W drive-in in Staten Island,NY and those root beer floats were to die for and there was no other way to drink A&W root beer than from one of those frosty mugs
Jeff - February 27, 2010 - Report this comment
A trip to the A&W was a big event for me back in the 70's. There wasn't a Dairy Queen around and who even heard of McDonalds yet. Loved it when we pulled up to place and they had that menu out there. You decided what you wanted then mom or dad would talk into the box on what we ordered. Back then I was limited to the Baby Burger and fries but sometimes was allowed the Mama Burger. The rootbeer was the best part though. Always thought the girls that brought the food out to us were the prettiest in the world in their outfits and the coin changers on their waists. Oh for those days.
Olympianbabe - March 20, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG YOMAMA911 how much candy did you have? You sound hype.
Spiink - April 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Glad they still make these, but they dont taste the same... we collected the cups we still have them!
Jeff - February 26, 2011 - Report this comment
We had an A&W south of here, and when they closed in the mid-1990s, they sold off the mugs. I got a brand new one for a buck. That place was notorious for the birds who hung around waiting for handouts. If you left your burger on the table and went inside for a napkin or whatever, and you came back outside, your food was gone!
Vee - March 09, 2011 - Report this comment
We Still have an A&W Rootbeer drive in!!!!
LeeAnna - June 16, 2012 - Report this comment
There is still an original A&W not one of the new ones a drive in, not a drive through in Modesto California. They have the best corndogs and will still fill up a jug of rootbeer (looks like a gallon milk jug) for you to take home.
Hauntedheadful - June 24, 2012 - Report this comment
There was an A&W restaurant in Long Beach Island NJ across the street from my aunt & uncles family restaurant.This one wasn't a drive in though,You went in and sat down.It featured a "family of burgers ( Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Teen Burger with bacon,and Baby Burger.They also served Fish & Chips, Coney Island Dogs,and OF COURSE,Frosty Mug Root Beer Floats.They couldn't beat my uncle's Veal Parmagiana or his famous $5.79 Steak dinner(not bad price for 1978)But I always stopped in A&W for a float or an excellent Walnut sundae on the way back from the beach.
La Sponge - May 12, 2015 - Report this comment
Umm..that comment was supposed to be about A&W Frank 'N Stein..not Sundown Suppers website. Think this site is failing..
JSL - October 16, 2016 - Report this comment
theyre now owned by the company that owns long john silvers and are expanding to more markets as a long john silver/A&W combo place probably not as good as the stand alones though but i will only drink canned A&W when i crave a rootbeer
Rob Lambert - February 21, 2017 - Report this comment
Locally, we had an A&W drive-in on 12th Street, Racine, WI. It opened in 1949, stopped being A&W in 1979, changing to generic J&W. That closed in 1997, demolished in 2005. Another drive-in was in business on Kenosha's north side (Sheridan Rd.) from 1950, stopped being A&W in 1976, became Bob's for 30 years. In 1970, A&W changed focus from root beer to hamburgers, namely the Burger Family (Papa, Mama, Teen and Baby).
La Sponge - October 11, 2017 - Report this comment
It's autumn...remember the Frank-N-Stein anyone? Mr.Lambert? I saw you had an A&W back in the day!
Rob Lambert - October 11, 2017 - Report this comment
Once again, you bring up good points, La Sponge. Regarding Frank N Stein, there's no national chain that I know of. There are dozens of independent bar/restaurant places around the country, using varied spelling of the name. The only Frank N Stein I indulged in was in Mall of America in its early years (1992-95). It was small, serving Chicago-style hot dogs, brats and Leinenkugel beer on tap. The place closed during 1995, replaced with an Arby's in the north food court. A month ago, I learned through our local paper that the former A&W on 12th street may become a foodshare (charity) distribution/giveaway store. We had a second A&W off US 41/I-94 in Caledonia, opened in 1962. Freeway expansion caused its closing and demolition in 2004. For history buffs, A&W was formed in the early 1920s, central California. Initials stood for founding partners, Allen and Williams.
PunchiethePrincessPooPoo - July 18, 2018 - Report this comment
In the 1970's we had an A&W drive in. My folks always ordered me a Baby burger but I secretly longed for the Teen Burger! Haven't had a hamburger since 1990..quit eating red meat..but would if was as good as back in the day!

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