Chino Hills, California, is about to get a taste of supersonic speed with the launch of the newest Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe pop-up location. This exclusive venture, a collaboration between gaming giant SEGA and the innovative Orange County restaurateur Andy Nguyen, is set to open its doors on November 10, promising an immersive dining experience for fans of the iconic blue blur.
A Second Lap for the Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe
Following the success of the original San Diego pop-up, which saw fans lining up for a taste of Sonic-themed delights, the team is ready to roll out the red carpet for their second location. The pop-up’s popularity has not only extended the partnership with SEGA but also brought the concept to the heart of San Bernardino County, where partners Kevin Seo and Phillip Huynh of Secret Sauce Society are gearing up for another round of fanfare.
The culinary duo Mike Pham and Fernando Vallardes, the masterminds behind the viral Trill Burgers, are at the helm of the menu. They’re set to introduce new recipes and ingredients, including the City Escape BBQ Hot Dog, Mac & Chao from the official Sonic cookbook, and a fiery hot chicken sandwich that promises to challenge even the bravest of taste buds.
Gotta Eat Fast!
The menu is a treasure trove of Sonic-themed eats, from the Classic Chili Dog to the Knuckles Sandwich and Golden Ring onion rings. Not to be outdone, the Fast Fries pay homage to Sonic’s legendary speed. To quench the thirst of diners, an array of themed drinks like the Blue Blur slushie and Tails Spin Tea will be served in custom Sonic packaging, with exclusive merchandise also on offer.
The Grand Opening on November 10 will be a festive affair, starting at 11 a.m. PT, with SEGA of America’s team joining the celebration. The pop-up will operate daily until January 24, 2024, with a special holiday announcement anticipated in late November.
Details at a Glance
- When: November 10, 2023, through January 24, 2024
- Where: 13865 City Center Dr. #3080, Chino Hills, CA 91709
- Who: SEGA, Andy Nguyen, and the Secret Sauce Society team
- What: A Sonic-themed menu, custom packaging, and exclusive merchandise
Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cade Pop-Up at ComplexCon
Also, for those attending ComplexCon in Long Beach from November 18-19, Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe will be there, serving select menu items and unveiling an exclusive merchandise collaboration with HYPLAND.
After experiencing the Sonic The Hedgehog Speed Cafe at San Diego Comic-Con, I can’t recommend it enough. It is the perfect mix of cool, culture, and nostalgia, on top of good old diner food. The slushies might not be as refreshing because of the season, but I would push to get the milkshakes. There are no wrong seasons for a milkshake. Celebrate your love for the blue blur and the lifetime of memories Sonic and his friends have brought you by treating yourself to some chili dogs, a milkshake, and some merch at the Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe. Be sure to check it out when the pop-up pops up on November 10, 2023! Or if you’re attending ComplexCon.
*Editor’s Note: All Pictures are from the SDCC Pop-Up Experience
Are you ready to dash into the Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe? What menu item are you most excited to try? Will Sonic’s speed inspire you to grab a quick bite, or will you savor the flavors of this unique pop-up experience? Share your thoughts and your foodie pics with us on social media.