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Swenson’s Drive In: Worth the (Road) Trip

Posted by cmh gourmand on January 1, 2014


If you find yourself traveling in Akron or the nearby area this year, I’d suggest you block out 30 minutes to travel through time. Swenson’s Drive In Restaurant started in 1934 and other than a few price increases, has not changed a thing since day one. This is a cap hop restaurant, so when you pull up in your car, turn on your lights and a young server will pop out the door to take your order. Your selections will be simple, chiefly burgers, fries and shakes. When your order is ready the same server or a different one will bring your food out to you on a tray you can mount to your car window.

Swenson’s has earned a large legion of loyalists over the last eighty years expanding to eight locations and a food truck in three counties. Swenson’s excels in the principle of keep it simple. Check out the menu below.


Swenson’s serves as a good reminder that you don’t have to have an extensive menu with fancy ingredients to be successful – just deliver a good product, consistently with great service. On my recent trip I tried their signature burger, the Galley Boy which is a double cheeseburger consisting of a buttered, toasted bun with two burger patties, two slices of Velveeta and two special/ secret sauces (a sweet BBQ and a tartar style mayo and onion (?) sauce with an Olive skewered on top with a toothpick and a small tub of ranch dressing on the side.

I had a very good vanilla shake, but if I had more experience at the place I would have taken the time to ponder on one of the 17 choices of shakes including grape. There is more to explore on the menu so if it is as good as what I tried, the small sidetrip will be worth your time.

2 Responses to “Swenson’s Drive In: Worth the (Road) Trip”

  1. With the shakes, you can mix up flavor combos too. Strawberry and Banana, or Chocolate and Cherry/Orange, Peanut Butter and ???… Also of note, the onion rings. They are very good.

  2. E said

    I was a frequent customer at Swensons many years ago. Between Swensons and Sky Way, Akron has some KILLER drive in love with awesome food.

    People have asked me to turn around and go back after leaving before…

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