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    A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    Whenever I go on road trips, I try to find an original A&W restaurant to eat at. There are not many out there these days, most are either connected to Long John Silvers or are just attached to gas stations. I don't know of any original A&W restaurants with the drive ins left in Iowa. Are there any? The ones I know have either been converted, are connected to gas stations, or are in malls. I know Minnesota still has a few originals with drive ins on the way up to Minneapolis.

    I got an argument with a friend about the A&W root beer tasting different from their restaurant fountains. He claims it tastes exactly the same as what you buy in the cans at the store, but I swear it taste much different and better when you purchase it at their restaurants. I know fountain drinks usually taste better than drinks in cans or bottles, but to me there is a significant difference. I know A&W use to make their own root beer at the actual restaurants itself years back. Curious to know if they still do that?

    So, Is there a difference?


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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    Indianola's A&W is drive-in and sit-down.



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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    I think there's one in Carroll but it's been a while since I've been through there.


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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    The one in Carroll is still there. Great food along with the rootbeer.



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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    Quote Originally Posted by M3MEPLEASE View Post
    Whenever I go on road trips, I try to find an original A&W restaurant to eat at. There are not many out there these days, most are either connected to Long John Silvers or are just attached to gas stations. I don't know of any original A&W restaurants with the drive ins left in Iowa. Are there any? The ones I know have either been converted, are connected to gas stations, or are in malls. I know Minnesota still has a few originals with drive ins on the way up to Minneapolis.

    I got an argument with a friend about the A&W root beer tasting different from their restaurant fountains. He claims it tastes exactly the same as what you buy in the cans at the store, but I swear it taste much different and better when you purchase it at their restaurants. I know fountain drinks usually taste better than drinks in cans or bottles, but to me there is a significant difference. I know A&W use to make their own root beer at the actual restaurants itself years back. Curious to know if they still do that?

    So, Is there a difference?
    I was watching the food network and they went to an A&W store to do something, but they showed the viewers how they make their root beer. Apparently every store makes it's own batch using the company ingredients, so that may be why.



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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    There used to be one in Jefferson but I noticed while I was back there last week that it's since been boarded up. I guess I'm not surprised as it was in a remote part of town.


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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    There is one in Emmetsburg, I know it is an original that they remodeled recently. We usually stop there when we head up to Okoboji from the DSM area.



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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    I thought emmetsburg has or had one at one time.

    I remember webster city had one but it closed 20 years ago or more. its now a kum & go.



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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    We had one Cedar Rapids till '08, the flood took care of that though. I'm sure the rootbeer would taste different there


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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    Years ago Forest City used to have one. They used soft serve ice cream in their root beer floats rather than the hard stuff. That's not the same either.



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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    IMO, it's definitely better at the restaurant as opposed to the cans.



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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    Definitely one in Carroll, not open during the winter though. There are maybe a dozen booths inside, a drive in, and drive thru at that one. The rootbeer there is really good, its a lot smoother than in a can. I also think their hurricanes are better than DQ's blizzards.



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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    I agree....the fountain taste is DIFFERENT compaired to the canned/bottled variety. Both are tasty....but the fountain drink is so smooth at the restaurant. A&W freaking rocks.....good burgers.....followed by classic Root Beer Taste.



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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    A&W Restaurants type in your zip, there are quite a few in Iowa apparently. One is in Des Moines near the State Fairgrounds, I've eaten there a few times before.


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    Re: A&W Restaurants (root beer taste)

    I love A&W root beer out of the can, but the stuff in the restaurants is light years beyond it. I believe they brew it fresh every day. I'm not aware of any locations around me in KC that are the old school style, but we do have quite a few of the newer ones with a KFC or LJS connected to it. I haven't been in a little while, maybe I just figured out my lunch plans....



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