A&W Back in Business

Seattle has been without an A&W restaurant since the mid 1990s. My first job was behind the counter at the Aurora location, my weekdays were filled with pulling frosty mugs out of the freezer and filling them with cold A&W Root Beer. In the end they fired me but boy have I missed them. The nearest A&W I knew of prior to the other night was one all the way out in Everett.

But now a new A&W Restaurant opened just north of 192nd and Aurora (19553 AURORA AVE. N.
Seattle, WA 98133). Granted it’s also a KFC but I’m not complaining. My double cheeseburger meal was so good I had a heart attack and saw God. OK it might not have been God but it was a religious experience. The burger was perfectly seasoned, juicy and the condiments were in an excellent balance with the salty patties. The fries were golden and crisp and as I sat in the car on my way back home I briefly pondered the calories and the fat I was partaking in but I’m not 30 yet, no reason to act like it.

By the time I got home my A&W bag was still pretty dry, so the grease content was minimal, or didn’t manage to escape the classy orange, brown and silver tinfoil wrapper. One thing our new A&W/KFC is lacking is the cool 1950s decor of the old restaurant on Aurora. I also found that all the A&Ws in our area are now also KFCs. So even if I can’t get a table near the juke box I can get a bucket of chicken and cheese curds. Good times.

2 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

    There’s also a new A&W just south of the city. I had a similar epiphany when I saw it.
    I enjoyed a bacon cheeseburger with an order of onion rings, and of course, a nice frosty mug of the “world renowned” root beer.


  2. Tony B. (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    There was one on the corner of Denny and Aurora a couple of years ago in that gas station. I used to go there for lunch all the time. I’m not sure when they left and became a generic burger place, but I sure do miss it. I’ll have to check out the one on Aurora sometime.

    My favorite memory of A&W is of one in Toppenish, WA. It was an old time drive in style A&W and it was always a real treat for us to go there after visiting with Grandma.



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