by Caitlin Saniga
I visited: Swensons, a northeast Ohio chain of drive-ins that’s been around since 1934 and specializes in burgers and milkshakes. Lots of people know Swensons for their signature Galley Boy sandwich, a double cheeseburger with homemade barbecue and tartar sauces. And the milkshakes are out of this world. Insider’s tip: There are 18 milkshake flavors on the menu, and any of them can be combined in one drink. Some of my favorites: Mint, peanut butter and jelly, and blueberry-pomegranate.
I tried: The hamburg (That’s what the menu calls ’em!) with mustard and pickles. It comes served on a buttered and toasted bun.
Why it stood out: The burgers at Swensons have a distinctly sweet taste to them. Over the years, I’ve heard rumors that the burgers have maple syrup, grape or raspberry jelly or brown sugar mixed into them. I’ve known more than five people who’ve worked as servers at Swensons, and none of them seem to know the secret ingredient. The mystery is half the fun.
It cost: $1.80
Find out more: Swensons has seven drive-ins scattered around Northeast Ohio. The one I most often visit is the Montrose location.