Oklahoma City (July 11, 2011) - The Sonic at I-35 and NE 122nd is like most Sonics; inviting atmosphere, smiling carhops, and fast, good food. (Or is it good food fast?) But there’s one unique thing about this Sonic that sets it apart from all the rest.
Nestled atop a rolling hill, this Sonic overlooks Oklahoma’s most famous (only for all I know) thrill-ride theme park, Frontier City. And that means it has a slightly different role to play for its customers. Not only does this Sonic seek to quench the thirsts and appetites of the everyday Sonic-lover; it also acts as a watering hole for adventurers after a long day of testing their fates.
I visited this Sonic on a recent weekday afternoon, at which time Frontier City sat quiet and docile. The customers around me weren’t daredevils or thrill-seekers, and the atmosphere at America’s Favorite Drive-In was calm and subdued. But I can tell you from past experiences that things are quite a bit different when the park opens its towering gates.
Growing up, I visited Frontier City as often as I could when school finally let out and the weeks of summertime freedom arrived. And no matter how tired my fellow adventurers and I were after hours spent on the Silver Bullet, we always, always had to go to Sonic afterward. There’s just nothing more satisfying than a bubbling Sonic beverage and piping hot tater-tots following a day of screaming and laughing and pretending to be invincible.
I’m not the only one who felt this way. Every time I made a post-Frontier City Sonic run, the joint was jumping. Carhops were buzzing all around, delivering Route 44s to car-loads of people who had just left the park. I remember a certain sense of camaraderie on the trips to this Sonic in particular; it was as if all of the customers felt a little more alive after surviving one more jaunt to Frontier City, and the fact that all of us knew to end our day at this little hidden treasure called Sonic made us feel uniquely bonded to one another.
So, if you’re seeking a thrill and a tasty beverage to boot, look no further than the “Frontier City” Sonic and the nearby skyscraping coasters. And even if you’re not looking to turn your stomach into knots, this is a Sonic you can’t afford to miss; it’s a great stopping point for those traveling the states via I-35 or I-44 , and who knows…maybe the electricity of the park-goers around you will show you a daredevil side you never knew you had.