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Often overlooked in favour of neighbouring Cleveland, Akron is an underrated hub of culture and dining in Northeast Ohio. The city excels in Midwest comfort cuisine, with increasing numbers of innovative menus popping up. Visit one of these top 10 restaurant picks for great food in Akron.
The Lockview serves up traditional American fare in a hip space, emphasized by minimalist decoration, string lights and a chalkboard menu. The most popular items are its gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, which feature bright flavours like Havarti dill cheese and sautéed artichoke hearts, garlic mashed potatoes with bourbon gravy, and sliced jalapenos with bleu cheese. Besides its incredible food, customers flood the Lockview for its extensive selection of craft beers, wines and refreshing cocktails.
The Lockview, 207 S. Main Street, Akron, OH, USA, +1 330 252 5128
Playing on traditional Japanese techniques and recipes, Sakura adds interesting twists with unexpected flavours and fresh seafood. Sakura has a tremendous selection of maki sushi, ranging from the familiar California and Spider rolls to specialties with spicy crawfish, deep-fried salmon, and pink seaweed. The sashimi platters are also great, made with fresh ice-packed fish cut into thick slabs. In addition to choosing from the maki, sashimi, and temaki, customers can order pre-fixed boxes containing selections of all three.
Sakura, 3900 Medina Road, Suite #X, Akron, OH, USA, +1 330 670 0288
Swenson’s Drive-In is an Akron chain serving old school burgers, potato puffs and shakes right to its customers’ car windows. It’s best-known for its burgers, which have won multiple awards from different food shows and local media. In addition to classic shake flavours, Swenson’s has more unique options such as pineapple, key lime and peanut butter. With its unique drive-in style and inexpensive menu, Swenson’s is hands-down the cult favourite of locals and a must-visit for anyone visiting the area.