Friday, December 19, 2014

Akron Empire Favorites 2014: Favorite Burger

Akron Empire Favorites: Favorite Burger
by Brit Charek

We asked our readers to tell us their favorite things to do in the Empire, and you responded with amazing ideas-- some of our own old favorites, and some things new to us that we're excited to check out!

We've been rolling out the winners for the past few months-- Click HERE to see the categories we've already covered.

This time, we're announcing your favorite burger!

1. Swenson's

There's really no suprise here. Swenson's, who just celebrated the 75th anniversary of the opening of their first drive-in on South Hawkins this year, is an Akron institution! Over the years, they've expanded to seven locations all over the Empire and-- I'm particularly excited about this-- a food truck!!

Swenson's is most famous for their Galley Boy, which many readers voted for specifically. It's a double cheeseburger topped with two sauces: mayo-onion sauce and barbecue sauce, on a buttered and toasted bun topped with lettuce and tomato.

Even three readers voted for the veggie option, the Salad Boy! Although it might be the least healthy veggie burger in existence, add in one of their peanut butter milkshakes and you have one of my all-time favorite meals!

Check out Swenson's website or follow them on Facebook to learn more and find locations.

2. Stray Dog Cart

I was so excited to see Stray Dog Cart on the list! I wrote about them back in July of 2013-- click HERE to see that post again!

As the name implies, Stray Dog is known for their hot dogs, but the bright-colored carts that show up all over town carry hamburgers as well, and sometimes even pizzas!

The best way to find out where the carts are at each day is by following them on Facebook.

3. The Rail

Guest blogger Stacey wrote about The Rail back in 2012-- click HERE to see that post again!

The Rail is unique because they insist on only using beef farmed in Ohio, maintaining the balance between sustainability and great taste. To compliment that, they have a variety of local craft beers and even have a "Beer Exploration Society" where you can attend classes to taste and learn about the local brews.

Their flagship store is in Fairlawn, but they've also expanded to Canton and N. Olmsted. To learn more, visit their website.

Make sure to check back next week when we reveal more of your favorites!

1 comment:

  1. So excited that Stray Dog made the list! Thank you for being amazing, Akron Empire. Would you consider adding onto your previous article about Stray Dog? Stray Dog also operates the Stray Dog Grille inside of Stonehedge Family Fun Center, so you can stop in for a burger, even when the Stray Dog Carts are resting for the winter!