Homemade Rootbeer on the Go

For years I thought that the B&K Root Beer Drive-In on Wilbeth Road was the only one around, but it turns out that B&K used to be an Indianapolis-based chain that started popping up in the mid-west during the 1950s. Since then the numbers have dwindled and the franchisees eventually became independent owners. There are still three B&K locations in the Akron area, with a few variations on their names and menus. Although each drive-in has a slightly different design and bill of fare, they all share the distinction of brewing their own root beer, which can be purchased in mugs, quarts, half gallons, and full gallons. All three locations only take cash.

B+K Drive-In
725 East Wilbeth Rd.
Akron, OH 44306
(330) 724-6101
On Wilbeth you won’t find a hamburger in sight. It’s a hot dog-centric location best known for its Tuesday-Wednesday special: the 99-cent Spanish hot dog (it has a fun meaty taco sauce). They also have the kraut dog, the bean dog, foot long pizza dog, and a “cheese joe.” Oh, and they also have Akron’s signature food: the sauerkraut ball.

B-K Root Beer Drive-In
3946 State Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
(330) 928-5973
The State Rd. location offers many items not available on other Akron-area B&K location menus. Their signature sandwich, the 2000 Burger, is very similar to what you would find on a Big Mac: two patties, special sauce, cheese, lettuce, pickles. They also serve a grilled bologna sandwich (for you salt hounds out there), a German sausage sandwich, mac ’n cheese (both fried and not), and a wide variety of other side items.

B&K Root Beer
737 Munroe Falls Ave.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
(330) 922-3355
Travel a few miles down the road to the Munroe Falls location where they are known for their homemade Coney sauce. These six inch wieners are on special on Sunday for 99 cents. They do have burgers, but only on Tuesdays.

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2 Responses to “Homemade Rootbeer on the Go”

  1. Larry Says:

    Don’t forget the B&K at Manchester Rd and West Wilbeth Rd. I have been going there since 1955. Still the same great food as always.

  2. JimV Says:

    Alas, the State Road location is closed now.
    http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16898885/3940-State-Rd-Cuyahoga-Falls-OH/
    I was already sad when I saw the For Sale signs earlier this year, but when I found out the place was founded 18 days before I was born, I got a little sadder.
    Enjoy going to the other BK locations while you still can! Hopefully they’ll be around for a long time.

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