In honor of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship, the Akron RubberDucks (Class AA; Eastern League) have introduced the LeBlock Burger. A nod to Akron native LeBron James, the LeBlock Burger is a bacon-stuffed burger topped with Middlefield cheddar cheese, wine and gold slaw, and a championship onion ring on a Kaiser bun. The entrée is served with a side of fries topped with “Salty Curry” powder.
The new burger comes on the heels of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA Championship, Cleveland’s first major sports title in 52 years.
“This is the most exciting time Northeast Ohio sports,” Akron RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander said. “We’re always looking to incorporate the sporting trends of this region into our menu and I can think of no better way to do so then honoring the ‘King’ bringing a title to his hometown of Akron.”
The “Extreme Menu” item will sell for $9.75 and is available at Taters concession stand located right behind home plate.
“It’s a delicious burger meant to honor King James and the Cavaliers. First, it’s tough to top a bacon-stuffed burger, but we added local Northeast Ohio Middlefield cheddar cheese, wine and gold slaw to represent the Cavaliers’ colors, the “championship” onion ring to celebrate the title, and we thought we’d have a little fun with another Finals participant by doing ‘Salty Curry’ fries,” said assistant director of food and beverage Collin Tulley.
“Our fans seem to enjoy when we have fun with our Extreme Menu as it relates to current Cleveland sports, such as the ‘Johnny Footlong’ and the ‘Return of the King Burger,’ and this only reinforces that,” said Director of food and beverage Brian Manning.
The “LeBlock Burger” joins other “Extreme Menu” entrees such as “The Pineapple TeriyAKRON Bowl,” a half pineapple, hollowed out and stuffed with a stir fry mix and finished with a drizzle of teriyaki sauce, and the “Ugly Duckling,” 16 ounces of stout beer poured over three scoops of vanilla ice cream, topped with chocolate syrup and sprinkles.
The “LeBlock Burger” hit the stands on June 24 before the 7:05 game at Canal Park vs. Trenton Thunder.