It’s hard to replicate the complete Mexican restaurant experience at home. You can’t really carry out bottomless baskets of chips and salsa or order another pitcher of margaritas without emptying your own bottles of tequila and triple sec.
The building’s exterior adorned with the bright colors of Jamaica, Irie Island is a happy place. The restaurant at 3407 Mahoning Road, located on the eastern edge of Canton, offers cuisine that is authentically Jamaican.
There’s no such thing as a bad meal from Basil Asian Bistro. As proof, the restaurant, which has locations in downtown Canton and Wooster, is still humming, with customers eating in and ordering carryout.
Carryout has been very busy this winter at Mint & Lime Asian Bistro in Jackson Township. Many of those orders have included orders of pho (pronounced fuh), the flavorful rice-noodle soup slow-cooked with sliced beef, beef meatballs and sweet onions and served with lime wedges, fresh basil, bean sprouts, sriracha and hoison sauce. The pho takes eight hours to cook and tends to sell out quickly. A quart-sized container is $10.
As the coronavirus pandemic wore on, my husband, Josh, and I found ourselves in a carryout rut. We were going to the same few restaurants and ordering the same meals month after month. Prompted in part by this assignment, we decided to break the routine by venturing outside our comfort zone and trying Bombay Sitar Finest Indian Cuisine.
El Rincon calls itself “a Mexican restaurant, always cooking the most authentic dishes.” The restaurant’s online list of reasonably priced “best sellers” at both the Canton and North Canton location is lengthy, which is another way of saying, “If you like Mexican food, you’ll find it here.”