I assume that Sparta Steak House & Lounge has—with the exception of new televisions—looked exactly the same since about 1975. It’s the definition of old school with well-worn vinyl booths, carved wood fixtures and hanging greenery.
It’s my second Thanksgiving as About’s official Test Kitchen writer, and I am seizing the opportunity to try out another side dish. I think you’ll love this month’s Brussels sprouts gratin—a recipe that was selected not only because it sounded delicious but because the green will look pretty on a Thanksgiving dinner table.
Retired NFL defensive end Kenny Peterson enjoyed overnight success when he opened a Nothing Bundt Cakes in his hometown a year ago. “It was shocking. It makes me feel good the amount of support that the city has given us,” Peterson said about the instant popularity of his bakery at 4468 Belden Village Street NW in Jackson Township, which is a franchise of a Texas-based company and employs 20 people.
With seven locations throughout the area, Grinders Above & Beyond offers dine-in, carryout and catering. Stop in for lunch or dinner, and choose from an overflowing menu sure to please any guest. Get soup and a croissant or try a salad, wrap, flatbread, burger, pizza or entree. Grinders also has a hearty menu of sides.
I assume that before becoming a true resident of Massillon, you’re required to eat at the Cameo Grill. The bar and restaurant, which has been locally owned and operated since 1944, just has that authentic hometown feeling. The walls are covered in vintage photographs and Massillon Tigers memorabilia—you can grab a football schedule at the bar—and the wait staff seemed to know most customers by name.
This month, I learned to never question Martha Stewart when it comes to baking. When I picked this Halloween Whoopie Pie recipe and started making it, I was skeptical. The applesauce in the batter made it look grainy and weird. I didn’t think the recipe called for nearly enough filling. I was positive my cookies were going to come out misshapen.
Rudy Diotale had a specific atmosphere in mind when he opened Eadies Fish House in Plain Township in 2006. “I had traveled to a lot of islands, the Caribbean and up and down the East Coast and been to a lot of these dives that always have good food,” he said. “I wanted to remind people of places they’ve been to when they’re on vacation. We have lots of tchotchkes hanging up everywhere. I think of it as my big man cave.”
Located in North Canton, Walthers Twin Tavern is a family restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and mixing up great drinks with a wide variety of tap and bottled beer. Try this T-n-T Pasta featuring grilled chicken, kielbasa, broccoli, roasted red peppers and mushrooms tossed in a Cajun cream sauce for $13.99.
Sometimes, looks can be deceiving. I’ve driven past Willow Bistro easily hundreds of times but, put off by its location in a shabby shopping plaza on 30th Street NW, never thought to check it out. That’s on me. Willow was a pleasant surprise and a place I’d be more than happy to revisit.
I was sitting in a cabin in middle-of-nowhere Minnesota the first time I tried a chili recipe I actually liked. The secret ingredient that made the difference for me was baked beans—a shock, considering I thought baked beans on their own were gross. But to this day, I remember how sweet and smoky the chili tasted.
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