Seafood connoisseurs do not have to travel to Boston or San Francisco to enjoy top-quality fish that’s been harvested at peak season and prepared by a skillful hand. They only have to get to Bender’s Restaurant & Tavern in downtown Canton.
We asked four accomplished local cooks, “What do you make when company is coming?” Their vote was unanimous. Our cooks agreed that no matter what the occasion — five-course formal dinner or casual buffet — the very best recipes for entertaining are the ones that don’t trap the host in the kitchen.
Before opening the Dragonfly Tea Room in Canal Fulton, Tiffany Craney visited tearooms across Ohio. “My sister and I took the whole summer and went to them all,” Craney said. “I wrote papers on them — it was part of my research for my business plan.”
Old foodie joke: “Did you hear about the new restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere.” This is certainly not a problem at Main Street Grille, where the warm, welcoming atmosphere approaches perfection.
The coleslaw. No, maybe the slow-roasted pork. Oh, wait. I forgot about the broasted chicken. Picking a favorite dish at The Amish Door Restaurant is next to impossible, so instead, I’ll give you my “don’t-miss” list.
The odds seemed stacked against Ashley Fockler when she decided to open a new restaurant in North Canton at just 21 years old. And it wasn’t just any restaurant she wanted to open — she and partner Mike Roberts wanted to create a different type of business that served healthier food. Six years later, BAM!
Ta da! You can almost hear the fanfare as you pull through the gates and drive onto the former Hoover estate. Follow the road as it winds through a park-like setting, past a charming inn, then up a steep hill to a rustic lodge dubbed Fieldcrest of North Canton.