Restaurant Guide: A&W

Decoding the menu at this popular fast-food spot.
Published September 26, 2022

Dining out doesn’t have to be off the table with WeightWatchers, and it doesn’t have to be scary or confusing either. With our restaurant guides and the additional data in our app, you can easily find the Points values of hundreds of common menu items at restaurants across Canada.

Here, we take a look at the popular fast-food spot A&W and break down the Points values of a number of menu items, from breakfasts to burgers to root beer shakes. Use this guide or the app when you’re ordering, or as a handy tool to pre-track a meal before you head out.

Breakfast

Some mornings, you just need a fast-food breakfast to get you through the day. To keep you full and keep the Points values low, try an A&W Breakfast Wrap that comes in at 6 Points. Another low-Point option is a Cheese & Egger with English Muffin, which has 9 Points. In general, the English muffin breakfast sandwiches are lower on the Points spectrum, while higher-ticket items include the All-Canadian Special and pancakes.

Bacon & Egger with English Muffin 11
Sausage & Egger with English Muffin 16
Cheese & Egger with English Muffin 9
Sausage & Cheddar with English Muffin 16
Breakfast Wrap 6
Classic Bacon & Eggs 12
All-Canadian Special 25
Pancakes with Syrup (3 pieces)25
Hash Brown 5

Burgers

A&W is of course known for its burgers and offers a wide selection. Perhaps not surprisingly, when it comes to Points, size matters. A baby burger, for example, is 8 Points, while a Grandpa Burger comes in at 27. For middle ground options, look to the Mama, the Buddy, and the Beyond Meat Burger.

Mama Burger 14
Papa Burger 21
Grandpa Burger 27
Cheddar Bacon Uncle Burger 27
Teen Burger 17
Baby Burger 8
Buddy Burger 12
Mozza Burger 22
Beyond Meat Burger 15

Chicken and More

If fried chicken is what you’re craving, A&W’s chicken strips have the lowest Points value. The chicken wraps are also a good bet, coming in at 10 Points. At the higher end of the spectrum, the BLT Chicken Burger counts for 20 Points.

Chubby Chicken Burger 15
Chicken Buddy Burger 11
Spicy Habanero Chicken Burger 17
BLT Chicken Burger 20
Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wrap 10
Bacon Ranch Chicken Wrap 10
Chicken Strips (each)3
Chicken Strips (3 pieces)8
Chicken Strips (5 each)13

Sides

Fries are 11 Points, while onion rings come in at 16. Poutine, with its addition of cheese and gravy, comes in at 21 or 22 Points. Gravy on its own, on the other hand, is just 2 Points for a small portion, so you could skip the cheese curds and dip your fries in a side of gravy. For the sweet tooths out there, desserts like A&W’s turnovers are 13 Points.

Russet Thick-Cut Fries (regular)11
Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Mayonnaise 11
Poutine 21 (22 in Quebec)
Onion Rings 16
Chipotle Mayonnaise 13
Gravy (regular)4
Gravy (small)2
Blueberry Turnover 13
Apple Turnover 13

Brew Bar

When it comes to A&W’s classic root beer drinks, smaller sizes will help keep the Points values lower. For example, a small frozen root beer is 8 Points, while a regular size is 14. Root beer sweet cream shakes can go up to 33 Points.

For coffee-based drinks, you can go with a 0Point iced cold brew, or spend an average 5 or 6 Points on a latte.

Frozen Root Beer (small)8
Frozen Root Beer (regular)14
Root Beer Sweet Cream Shake (small)22
Root Beer Sweet Cream Shake (regular)33
Root Beer Mocha Shake (small)20
Root Beer Mocha Shake (regular)30
Mixed Berry Smoothie with Acai (small)13
Mixed Berry Smoothie with Acai (regular)19
Strawberry Smoothie (small)11
Strawberry Smoothie (regular)16
Iced Cold Brew (small)0
Iced Cold Brew (regular)0
Iced Latte with 2% Milk (small)4
Iced Latte with 2% Milk (regular)5
Iced Latte with Oat Beverage (small)4
Iced Latte with Oat Beverage (regular)5
Latte with 2% Milk (small)5
Latte with 2% Milk (regular)7
Latte with Oat Beverage (small)6
Latte with Oat Beverage (regular)6
Mocha (small)13
Mocha (regular)16
Cappuccino (small)6
Cappuccino (regular)8
Hot Chocolate (small)15
Hot Chocolate (regular)18