Essentials: Galley Boy at Swensons, Akron, Ohio
A fast-food burger that you'll only find in the Midwest
If you grew up in the Akron area, there’s a good change you have a go-to order at Swensons. (LeBron does.) But while some opt for potato teezers and others for fried mushrooms, everyone seems to like the Galley Boy. It’s a double cheeseburger with a combination of sauces that might seem disparate but complement each other well. Tartar sauce is slathered on the toasted top bun and barbecue is on the bottom. Together, they add the right amount of sweetness and zip to the burger, which is finished with a skewered green olive. —Amy Cavanaugh
Amy Cavanaugh is the dining editor at Chicago magazine. A native New Englander, she’s lived in Chicago for a decade and loves venturing around the Midwest to eat and drink. Follow along on Instagram @AmyCavanaugh.