The search for Akron’s best burger
By Don Johnson
The Akron-Canton Burgerguyz paid a visit to Menches Brothers in Green which is a few minutes south of Akron just off of I-77. Menches Brothers has had several of their 50 burgers ranked in Akron’s National Burger Festival. But, it appears that they use the term “burger” loosely, as some of their 50 selections had what we would call “non-burger” items which included pulled pork. We feel that, just because it comes on a bun, it isn’t automatically qualified to be a burger. Anyway, we chose “real” burgers; that is, ones that featured hand shaped beef patties. The burger sizes ranged from 1/3 to ½ lb.
The burgers sampled at this visit included:
Number 10 – Menches 1000 : A beef hamburger with “Melted American cheese, onion, lettuce, pickle, & creamy Thousand Island dressing”. It is further captioned on their menu as “The Big What??”.
Number 16 – The Crispy Onion Burger – “Crispy fried onions, Wisconsin Cheddar, smoked bacon, and our very own Big Mench Sauce”.
Number 21 – The Bobbalouie – A “double burger topped with American and Cheddar, fresh sautéed mushrooms and onion, smoked bacon, & our Big Mench Sauce”. The Bobbalouie was the #1 burger at the 2006 Akron Burger Festival.
Our service was friendly and unhurried. The unhurriedness occasionally seemed to turn into long waits. Our orders were taken and accurately prepared. However, none of us were asked how we preferred the doneness of the meat. Our burgers arrived well done and somewhat dry.
The presentation was average; wax paper lined plastic baskets with the hamburgers dressed and wearing their crowns. Everybody agreed that the bun was solid and held up to the last bite. However, we felt that the bun was too tall for the single burger but decent for the double burgered Bobbaloui.
Nobody was really impressed with their toppings. The Menches 1000, purporting to be a “Big what??” (get it?) delivered a lame flavor, other than the pickle slices, that resembled nothing what it suggests itself to be and sans sesame seed bun– this coming from a fast food Big ^^ac fanatic. The other burgers with the “Menche Sauce” were whelming eaters with a strong pepper flavor. Nobody said anything about the sweet potato fries and the order of onion rings were nothing special.
Perhaps something about the Bobbalouie changed since 2006. Perhaps, well, we could keep guessing…. None of us disagreed, that if we were in the area looking for something to eat, that we would return. The food was not bad by any means. It was just not what we expected. However, for any of us that do return, there are 47 other “burgers” to try. This is in addition to a full menu and full bar.
BURGERGUYZ RATING: ☆☆☆
Menches Brothers Restaurant
3700 Massillon Road | Exit 118 on I-77
Uniontown, OH 44685 (In the Shops of Green)
Carry out: 330-896-2288
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The search for Akron’s best burger
By Allen Buxton
The Akron-Canton Burger Guys met at the Stow, OH, Swensons Drive In this month. What can possibly be said about Swensons that hasn’t been mentioned in it’s 79 year history? Seeking fresh eyes, the Guys nominated a Galley Boy virgin to attempt it. At Swensons, you don’t need to eat in your car anymore, but you will need to bring your own chairs (or picnic table). Drive-ins may have yielded to drive-thrus, but Swensons burgers prove that there’s no need to tamper with a masterpiece.
Hamburger offerings range from the singular Hamburg up to a whopping Half Pounder Plus. To really savor Swensons’ seasoning, opt for the Quarter Pounder Plus. The only hint to their special blend is the slight sweetness of brown sugar. Their signature burger, the Galley Boy,
adds two special sauces to a Double Cheeseburg. It’s been said before, but the Galley Boy is the most amazing hamburger you’ll find anywhere near Akron. The two sauces marry the beef, American cheese, and toasted bun into an experience that hits on all four tastes. If hamburgers aren’t your thing, Swensons offers other sandwiches, but…if hamburgers aren’t your thing, why are reading this blog?
You won’t find alcohol on the menu, but something in Swensons 18 milkshakes, 9 pop flavors, or custom drinks will satisfy your thirst. As far sides go, Swensons offers up the traditional French fries and onion rings in addition to more exotic fare: potato puffs, fried mushrooms, potato teezers, and fried zucchini. The Guys who’d been here before and failed to order the teezers kicked themselves for passing. Facing the challenge of the Galley Boy, I stuck with the French fries and enjoyed their salty, crispy, deliciousness.
Everyone enjoyed Swensons. If you’ve never been, don’t wait like I had. If you haven’t been lately, treat yourself to a drive in.