Best seat in the house

Maybe it’s a secluded spot in the corner. Or one that is higher than all the others, so you can see and be seen. Perhaps it’s the spot where something memorable happened — or where someone famous sat.

Maybe it’s a secluded spot in the corner. Or one that is higher than all the others, so you can see and be seen. Perhaps it’s the spot where something memorable happened — or where someone famous sat.

Regardless, the table you sit at while dining out can change your entire dining experience. Savvy diners can get the ambience they desire by requesting a specific table when making a reservation.

We asked four local hot spots — Mulligan’s, Bender’s, 356th Fighter Group and Canton Club — to tell us about their most-requested tables.

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MULLIGAN’S RESTAURANT & PUB

At Mulligan’s Restaurant & Pub, at 4118 Belden Village St. NW, the most popular spot in the bar area is the “Godfather table.”

“Table 26, the round table in front of the stained glass window,” said co-owner Ron Briggs. “It’s raised up so you can see over the whole place. If a celebrity comes in, that’s where they want to go. It’s isolated, with a banister around it, but they can see.”

The Godfather table, which seats up to eight, can be requested at the door, but it can’t be reserved in advance.

Briggs said another table that is often requested at Mulligan’s is in the Victorian Room.

“Table 48 — it’s the only two-top in there. Nice, overstuffed chairs. Sits right under the French tapestry,” said Briggs. “It’s my personal favorite.”

BENDER’S RESTAURANT

Nancy Reinbold has a standing reservation for the center booth (No. 94) in the bar at Bender’s Restaurant, at 137 Court Ave. SW.

“We come in every Tuesday for lunch for the pecan-crusted chicken salad,” Reinbold said. “We’ve been doing it for about a year.”

Why booth 94?

“It’s quieter in the bar, and I find it cozy, a little more private,” Reinbold said.

Jon Jacob of Bender’s said the restaurant gets many requests for booth 94, as well as contiguous booths 93 and 95. Also popular are the round tables in the center of the main dining room.

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356TH FIGHTER GROUP

At 356th Fighter Group, at 4919 Mount Pleasant St. NW, couples often ask for the foxholes.

“We have three of them,” said owner Bob Scofield. “We pull out the table, and then you kind of sit inside the wall, overlooking everything from there. Very romantic tables.”

The authentic WWII eatery is dedicated to the heroes of the war — and the unique decor takes you back to that era.

It sits on the south runways of the Akron-Canton Airport, which provides for some amazing scenery. Diners looking for a view of the neighboring airfield often ask for window seats in the Baker Room.

“People like the same booth that Harrison Ford sat in when he came through,” Scofield said. “We call it the Baker 6 Harrison Ford table.”

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THE CANTON CLUB

When the weather is pleasant, the most popular seats are on the outdoor terrace at the Canton Club, according to manager Chuck Schuster.

The treetop-level balcony with stone balustrade runs the entire east side of the building and wraps around the north end. You can enter from the cozy East-West Terrace dining room or the Grand Ballroom, both on the 14th floor.

“In the winter, the most-requested seats are in the Grill and Oak Room, with the rustic high-back leather chairs,” Schuster said.

The Canton Club is open to the public during special downtown Canton events, including First Fridays. It is also available for weddings, receptions and parties.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass