Swenson’s Drive-In

I had lunch at Swenson’s Drive-In in Seven Hills. It was un­like Kunkel’s Drive-in in Connersville, they didn’t have the old box­es to call in­side, in­stead you turn on your lights. The carhops run to and from the ve­hi­cles, I imag­ine they stay in good shape do­ing this. One of the carhops looked like she was prob­a­bly a com­pet­i­tive run­ner. I got burg­ers. Part of my quest to find a de­cent ham­burg­er in Cleveland.

I got a Galley Boy Basket with onion rings in­stead of fries and coleslaw, an­oth­er Galley Boy and a Chocolate Milkshake. The burg­ers were like J’s Dairy Inn in Liberty, good, but not fan­tas­tic. The Galley Boy is sauced with bar­be­cue and some­thing else. The buns are light­ly toast­ed. You can’t re­al­ly com­pare the burg­ers to Heck’s since they are at op­po­site ends of the spec­trum, nei­ther fit­ting the per­fect burg­er cri­te­ria. Still, it is good to know there is a de­cent dri­ve-in rel­a­tive­ly close-by. Next Stop: Stevenson’s.

9 thoughts on “Swenson’s Drive-In

  1. i like swen­sons for fast food. they used to have just guys be the car hops (at least in kent). Girls were car hops at the A&W down the street.

    There seems to be more dri­ve-in restau­rants in the akron area than cleve­land. In ad­di­tion to Swensons and A&W, there’s Skyway and may­be an­oth­er place.

  2. If you ever find a good burg­er in Cleveland, let us know here. I haven’t found a great one yet, but de­cent ones at Bass Lake Tavern in Chardon, Fisher’s Tavern in Mayfield Village and Meximillian’s in Mentor (at least they taste like meat).

  3. We are al­ways on the search for the Best Burger in Cleveland. it seems though, if one goes by awards, that Cleveland has a big self con­fi­dence is­sue with it’s burg­ers.

  4. I as­sume by “we” you mean some­one oth­er than me, since I al­ready know you make the best veg­gie burg­er in town.

  5. Swensons puts brown sug­ar in their meat. Their burg­ers are per­fect with a spot of ketchup and rel­ish. I’ve nev­er had a bet­ter burg­er in Ohio.

    We did Red Robin the oth­er night…but I think the best thing about that place is bot­tom­less bas­kets of french fries. My burg­er was pret­ty good, though.

  6. Shalom Adam,

    I’ve been told that the burg­ers at Eat At Joe’s at the cor­ner of Mayfield and Green (It’s ac­tu­al­ly at the back of the CVS) are pret­ty good.

    The burg­ers at Brennan’s Colony on Lee road are good too.

    Hmmm… Sounds like a blog chal­lenge 10 burg­ers in five days? Could be fun.



  7. I can­not imag­ine a bet­ter tast­ing cheese­burg­er than those you get from Swensons. I sup­pose I be­lieve you when you say you’ve had bet­ter, but man is that hard to swal­low.

  8. Yes, I’m still alive, and still read­ing. I have to agree with Kurtiss up there…I dig the plain old cheese­burg­er at swenson’s, ex­tra pick­les and ketchup. Yum. Pair that with their tater tots with cheese fill­ing and you have in­stant hang­over cure.


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