Great A&W Food
I just got back from a trip to Canada. One of the things I was looking forward to when getting to Canada was eating some tasty hamburgers from A&W.
"But John," I can hear my American readers whine, "I'm confused on two levels:
a) there are A&W restaurants in the US; and
b) A&W sucks."
I can answer both of those objections with one response. The A&W in Canada is much different than the A&W in the US. I used to work at an A&W restaurant when I was in high school, so I'm very familiar with the tastes and flavours and smells. When I first got to the US, I found an A&W and tried it. It pretty much sucked. I thought perhaps it was just that location. I have tried 4 locations in my area (Santa Clara, Campbell, Santa Cruz, Lodi), and they all taste the same and they all suck. I have been to countless locations in Canada, and they all taste the same and they all taste fantastic.
So I don't think that the A&W in Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of the US company, like so many other Canadian companies are. I suspect that the Canadians have their own independent, non-sucky A&W company. The next time you are in Canada, be sure to check it out.
The A&W's in Milwaukee where I grew up, oh, well, long ago, rocked.