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Swensons

18 S. Hawkin Ave., Akron, OH - (330) 864-8416
Posted By Pennie Stringer on 11/24/2007 11:58:00 AM
The burgers are the main claim to fame at Swensons. The warm, slightly sweet bun holds a thin but flavorful burger. I like mine as a cheeseburger, with pickle, onion and ketchup. If you order the Galley Boy, you get two patties, two sauces, and cheese, with a pimento-stuffed olive skewered on top. You can even order a side order of olives (three come in a little waxed paper bag, 25 cents I think).

The fries are good; crisp on the outside and soft and hot inside. Their milkshakes are homemade and good, but my favorite beverages are the Florida and the California. The Florida is made with orange soda mixed with seltzer and a lemon slice. The California (my favorite) is made with grape soda, seltzer, and lemon slice. These are less sweet than your typical soft drink, and the lemon slice adds a bit of tartness.

They have other items, ranging from salads to shrimp dinners to hot chipped ham sandwiches, but the hamburgers are just so good!

Dinner is served in your car. A speedy carhop (recruited from local high school sports teams) comes to your window to take your order as soon as you pull in. Service is fast, and they can arrange your tray on the inside of your window if the weather is less than ideal.

Swenson's, like its local competitor, Skyway, is the real thing, in business since at least the 60's; not a faux retro drive-in. The quality food and good service keep Akronites coming back again and again.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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The delicious, brittle, crunchy exterior to the onion rings makes them Swensons' 'must eat' side order.
"The delicious, brittle, crunchy exterior to the onion rings makes them Swensons' 'must eat' side order."
Cliff Strutz





Swensons offers several dipping sauce options for your fried zucchini, but they are tasty enough to stand on their own.
"Swensons offers several dipping sauce options for your fried zucchini, but they are tasty enough to stand on their own."
Cliff Strutz


Although it is not overly large, Swenson's sloppy Joe is meaty, full of flavor and a real bargain at $2.00.
"Although it is not overly large, Swenson's sloppy Joe is meaty, full of flavor and a real bargain at $2.00."
Cliff Strutz


Swenson's signature dish, the Galley Boy, is two modest-size patties of beef, cheese, mayo-onion sauce and barbecue sauce on a buttered and toasted bun. Optional condiments include ketchup, relish, sweet pickles, horseradish, Worcestershire, Tabasco, cocktail, honey mustard, tartar and Cajun spice. Garnish choices are tomato, lettuce, olives, grilled onions, hot peppers, bacon, Coney sauce and cole slaw.
"Swenson's signature dish, the Galley Boy, is two modest-size patties of beef, cheese, mayo-onion sauce and barbecue sauce on a buttered and toasted bun. Optional condiments include ketchup, relish, sweet pickles, horseradish, Worcestershire, Tabasco, cocktail, honey mustard, tartar and Cajun spice. Garnish choices are tomato, lettuce, olives, grilled onions, hot peppers, bacon, Coney sauce and cole slaw."
Michael Stern


This Galley Boy, ordered 'to go' is identified as something special by a Spanish olive stuck on top.
"This Galley Boy, ordered 'to go' is identified as something special by a Spanish olive stuck on top."
Michael Stern


The day we visited, Swensons was offering a 32-ounce drink for the price of a 16-ounce drink. At the right of this photo is a 32-ounce California, sided by a 12-ounce root beer for comparison's sake.
"The day we visited, Swensons was offering a 32-ounce drink for the price of a 16-ounce drink. At the right of this photo is a 32-ounce California, sided by a 12-ounce root beer for comparison's sake."
Michael Stern


Expect great service at Swenson's.  The young carhops are always cheerful and literally run from car to car to take orders.
"Expect great service at Swenson's. The young carhops are always cheerful and literally run from car to car to take orders."
Cliff Strutz


Galley Boys are available in a basket with French fries and cole slaw or apple sauce for $2 extra.
"Galley Boys are available in a basket with French fries and cole slaw or apple sauce for $2 extra."
Michael Stern


Akron's Hamburger Heaven for over seventy years. The cornerstone of this new building reads 1934, which is when the first Swensons opened just yards away from here. It's a small building because there is no seating inside. All service is via speeding car hops who, when they take your order, tell you how many minutes it will be until it arrives at the car.
"Akron's Hamburger Heaven for over seventy years. The cornerstone of this new building reads 1934, which is when the first Swensons opened just yards away from here. It's a small building because there is no seating inside. All service is via speeding car hops who, when they take your order, tell you how many minutes it will be until it arrives at the car."
Michael Stern


All of the burgers, like this triple-pattied beauty, come with mustard, pickle, and onion.
"All of the burgers, like this triple-pattied beauty, come with mustard, pickle, and onion."
Cliff Strutz


Swenson's offers a large roster of creamy milk shakes to choose from. That is cherry on the left and pomegranate, an occasional special, on the right.
"Swenson's offers a large roster of creamy milk shakes to choose from. That is cherry on the left and pomegranate, an occasional special, on the right."
Cliff Strutz



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