Tuesday, August 25, 2009

When coffee-hopping goes wrong… oh, so wrong…

Coffee-hopping. It’s a coffee lover’s dream. Think bar-hopping without possible DWIs and lots of caffeine.

Rindy and I planned a fun adventure around our area to head to several coffee shops Friday night and drink a sampling of various coffee drinks to determine which place had the best a) specialty drink b) regular coffee c) mocha d) café au lait or e) other. Rindy chose to taste various regular coffees, and I went with a café au lait.

We started this journey at 5 p.m. at our favorite coffee house. Minutes later (and almost a car fight later – long story) we were ready for our second cup, but first, a stop at Olive Garden. Food to soak up the caffeine.

It was about 8:30 when we headed to our second coffee shop (that’s what happens when you get caught trying on bridal dresses when you aren’t a bride…another long story, will get to it tomorrow), and, please remember now, this is FRIDAY night. 8:30 p.m.

Second coffee shop? Closed.

Drive further down the road. Starbucks? Closed.

Disappointed, under-caffeinated, and thirsty, we debated on whether to head to McDonalds or Sonic for coffee. For COFFEE. It was a sad choice, but Sonic won.

And lost. In a way.

(P.S. I really do like McDonalds’ mochas.)

It took three minutes for someone to take our order. Three Java Chillers. (Our other friend, who shall remain nameless because it was she who registered the official complaint, had joined us at Olive Garden and reluctantly decided to join us on our coffee binge.) Ten minutes later, we were still waiting for our drink.

Dude pulls up in a hooptie next to us. Dude gets out of car and goes and talks with his girlfriend. Dude gets drink. Girlfriend leaves work to sit in the car with him.

Fifteen minutes later (and still no drinks), Friend Who Shall Remain Nameless had found Sonic’s complaint phone number.

“It wouldn’t have been such a problem if we hadn’t seen him go up to the window and get his drink before we got ours – and I didn’t see any money exchanged,” she said.

I have part of the exchange on film. She wasn’t trying to be funny, but it was downright hilarious.

We left that Sonic drinkless. After all, Target closed at 10, and we needed to do some mournful shopping as we didn’t get our Java Chillers.

Target’s food court area actually had coffee, and I purchased a delicious (if possibly non-caffeinated) caramel macchiato for $1.10. Yummmm…

Oh, and at about 11 p.m., Rindy and I hit a different Sonic on our way home. Service? AMAZING. Couldn't have been better. Java Chillers…not so much.

Oh, Sonic…

12 comments:

"Rachel" said...

Wait - was this the Sonic close to OG in front of Target? Because I tried to get coffee there when we were up for Christmas and it too FOR-EVAH!

The Java Chillers are nasty, but the hot lattes are actually pretty good. I get caramel & mocha in mine. :)

thedomesticfringe said...

You're SO FUNNY! Coffee-hopping, huh? I'm not sure what would happen to me if I ingested that much caffeine in one night. It might be fun to find out though. What's up with coffee shops being closed on a Friday night? Just doesn't seem right.

-FringeGirl

Sara@i.Sass said...

I really hate it when you want to go somewhere, and they arr closed. Adn it's like the most NORMAL time and they are closed. It's not like it's 1AM and I want to go to Kohls! Seriously. I think things should stay open till 10PM. Think of all the jobs it would give? They do it at Christmas time...
OK, for the record I'd call and complain too. I'd even complain to the coffee stores that were closed!

Jill said...

Closed stores drive me nuts. I figure in this day and age, everything should be open 24 hours a day!

septembermom said...

When coffee calls, you respond! Funny:)

Rachelle said...

Coffee shop hopping sounds like a fun time. The hubby and I will have to make that a date night!

SoonerAggieMom said...

Starbuck's closed on Friday night? No fun!! I would have done the exact same thing your friend did at Sonic. I might have even gone over to the dude's truck and just stood there! Hubby would have been appalled!

At least you got to go to OG and Target! Not a totally wasted night.

Kelly said...

i can't believe Starbucks' was closed! i didn't know that could happen! i'm not much of a coffee drinker, but my husband would appreciate this! it does sound like an eventful night though!

Mama Belle said...

My beloved Sonic failed you. Boo. I love Java Chillers. Absolutely hate McDonald's mochas ... blech.

But, really can anything outdo Starbucks? I think not.

Rach@In His Hands said...

A coffe-hop?? Love it!! Although, I don't like coffee, but I'm all about some cappuccino. :-)
Shame on THAT Sonic....I've always gotten good service at ours.

Sarah M. said...

My observation on the matter is that Caffine and Alcohol are kinda on opposite ends of the spectrum. One is an upper, one a downer. Bars are rarely open in the morning. Coffee shops are rarely open late.

I am sure the pm coffee shop idea will catch on soon. Some of us just lay in bed with our minds running a mile a minute when we get caffine too late, hypothetically speaking :-)

sara said...

This was so funny!!!

The sonic nearest to us is the SAME WAY....horrible service. I keep trying to give it 2nd chances, but it is still the same. Now, if I am craving a cherry limeade, or a chili dog....I drive 5 miles out of my way to go to the one with SUPERB service....how can they be so drastically different?!