This city in Northeastern Ohio is a gateway to Ohio’s extensive Amish Country and combines small town charm with big city culture. Alongside its lively art scene you’ll also find some of the best dining in the state here. We list the 10 best options in Canton for a good meal.
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The price is right and the food is famously good at Angry Barbecue. This grill restaurant definitely shows dedication when it comes to meat, the food is full of flavor and cooked just right. The dishes are served both sit-in and take-away with a no-fuss presentation. Indeed the interior is more akin to a traditional American diner than a hip burger joint, which does well in not distracting from the amazing burgers served at Angry Barbeque.
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Although unassuming from the outside, Benders Tavern is an historic restaurant dating back to 1899. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with wood paneling, coffered ceilings and original murals and is definitely worth a visit for the aesthetic alone. However the food and service is also highly commendable. Be sure to try their fried oysters, or some of the other seafood dishes as they are supreme. The tavern can get busy so be sure to reserve a table beforehand.
The Desert Inn has a great Arabic interior design and more importantly real authentic Middle Eastern food. Their trademark skewered beef kabobs are renowned for appetizing presentation and great flavor. The house kibbee is also well recommended, made with beef instead of lamb offering a finer texture. All said, the Desert Inn is a bonafide Middle Eastern diner that offers exceptionally good food and a pleasant atmosphere.
Gervasi Vineyard is a wonderful experience; not only do they offer excellent southern Italian cuisine, but they also have a dedicated wine bar, accommodation suites and wine tours. The decor of the whole vineyard is authentic Tuscan, with rustic wooden walls, brick floors and huge wooden doors. Gervasi is full of ambience and a perfect place for a romantic getaway or a relaxing dinner. In the summer months it becomes even more attractive as it easily boasts the best outdoor seating in the region and a real slice of wine country.
Located in the arts district of the city, Lucca, named after its namesake on the Italian coast, is the first choice for dining la dolce vita in Canton. In keeping with the Tuscan tradition all ingredients are sourced locally and as fresh as possible. The restaurant prepares many of its raw ingredients themselves such as their excellent buffalo mozzarella. The appetizers are also notably good, especially the calamari.
The Rail is an innovative burger restaurant by a celebrated chef-restaurateur Mike Mariola. The rail offers high-quality burgers and an amazing selection of beers on draught. The restaurant takes pride in sourcing its meats locally, and indeed, the name comes from the saying: ‘from the butchers rail to our grill.’ vegetarians are well catered for as well, with a great assortment of plant-based burgers to choose from. Make sure to order a side of fries as they are huge and can feed an entire table or two.
Shy Cellars has a commitment to provide guests with the real field-to-fork dining experience. Everything is made from scratch on the premises; no prepared foods, no additives. Shy Cellars has won numerous awards for their excellent food and a welcoming dining experience. This is the place to taste, explore and learn all about quality wines and great European-influenced food. Try their blue cheese fondue for an unforgettable experience.
According to the motto of Smoke the Burger Joint, the best burgers are smoked burgers. After visiting Smoke you just might agree with them. This burger restaurant is upmarket yet has a hip feel to it and definitely makes some of the juiciest meat patties in town. Make sure to try their shakes and hotdogs as well.
If you are a fan of tapas restaurants or just looking to try out a slice of Spanish culinary culture, you are in luck as Canton has the excellent Tapas 218. Explore a delightfully wide selection of different dishes that you won’t find in other restaurants in Canton. The plates are small and wallet friendly, making Tapas 218 a great choice to catch up with friends over some drinks and quality food.
The dishes on offer at 91 Wood Fired Oven range from wood-fired oven chips to phenomenal lobster risotto and the restaurant is a great place for a stylish, no-fuss meal. There are plenty of staff on hand and the service is impeccable. The restaurant also has a bar area for drinks and is a nice place to enjoy some cocktails when waiting for a table to free up on busy nights.