Excellent | Worth a Detour
Swensons | Drive-In Burgers Fries and Shakes | Akron Ohio
Review by: Michael Stern
There are a bunch of Swensons around Akron, some in Columbus, even one down Cincinnati way. They razed the very first one (in Akron since 1934) several years ago. In its place, Swensons built a modern, retro-designed restaurant. Old-time burger connoisseurs say they miss the well-aged charm of the original establishment. But the burgers fries and shakes still earn accolades, even from long-time customers. And service is a blast from the past.
Pull into a space and flash your lights. Out sprints a curb boy to take your order. Apparently, most customers know the kitchen’s repertoire so well that menus are superfluous. We didn’t get one until we requested it. Anyway, choosing what to eat does not present a problem in this place. The vast majority of customers get what Swensons is famous for: hamburgers.
Burgers Are What Matter
Burgers come on nice butter-toasted buns, with or without cheese. Choose a double, a triple, a quarter pounder, a half pounder, or the house special, a Galley Boy. That’s a double cheeseburger dressed with two sauces. Mayonnaise dominates one sauce, which adds bits of sweet onion. The other sauce is zesty BBQ. Fried sides include potato puffs (shredded fried potatoes), potato teezers (with cheese & jalapeno), onion rings, and mushrooms.
Burger frowners may tuck into a quarter-pound bologna sandwich, a sloppy joe, a BLT, fried chicken or fried shrimp. Milk shakes and malts have earned fans for decades. There always are 18 flavors, including hot fudge (as well as chocolate), pineapple, and butter. And there’s always one seasonal shake. Adventurous thirsts might want to consider one of Swensons’ specialty drinks: a California, Florida, or Ohio. Respectively, grape, orange, and cherry-flavored, they remind me of Kool-Aid.
Where To Eat
There are no indoor seats. Burgers fries and shakes to be eaten here are presented on sturdy trays that can clip onto the inside of car windows in such a way that it’s possible to dine in comfort even when it’s raining.
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|