SONIC is a sometimes elusive drive-in fast food chain.  I say this because for years, there wasn’t a location in the state of Michigan, so the only time I could try one was on vacation in Biloxi, Mississippi.  They’ve since expanded and are a bit easier to find.  SONIC (as stylized on their website) is a bit of a novelty restaurant, in that you order from your car and are served there by wait staff on roller skates.  They serve a variety of burgers and hot dogs with tater tots as a side option in addition to french fries, as well as ice cream.  I decided to review one of their new Loaded Burgers, the Ring Leader.

When a franchise called Sonic releases a burger named Ring Leader, the 90s video game jokes write themselves.

 The Ring Leader is named for the inclusion an onion ring in addition to the usual burger, bacon, cheese, veggies (lettuce, tomato, more onion) and mayo.  It’s an interesting idea, but there’s not really a lot there.  I would’ve liked a more interesting sauce or something else to differentiate it from an average deluxe burger.  The onion ring is pretty forgettable and the burger doesn’t taste very oniony while you eat.  Afterwards, however, is a different story.  The burger leaves an onion taste for hours, unless you wash it down with something potent.

The Ring Leader runs for about $5-6 as a combo, which isn’t terrible.  However, there are a lot of better, cheaper options available at SONIC.  I would definitely recommend going for the experience, but get something else.  The Ring Leader does have a hilarious TV spot though, which I’ve linked to below for your enjoyment.