Behind the Food

Thatsa Wrapp | Behind the Food

Now in his eighth successful year at his often-bustling downtown Canton eatery Thatsa Wrapp, Wagner’s first food venture downtown was a place called A Centre Place in the McKinley Centre that ran for 17 years, from 1992 to 2008, followed by a year at The Stables on 12th Street NW and almost a year at the 356th Fighter Group.

Irie Island | Behind the Food

If you’re craving something exotic to eat on a summer’s day, cruise over to Irie Island, Stark County’s sole (and soulful) Jamaican restaurant. Melissa Bailey will take care of you.

The Irish Exchange | Behind the Food

A neighborhood pub in business since 1991, The Irish Exchange recently took the step of adding some bona fide Irish cuisine to its menu of familiar bar-food favorites.

Heggy’s Nut Shop | Behind the Food

Eric Lynn was a counter clerk 26 years ago when he started working at Heggy’s Nut Shop. Today, he is president of the Canton standby, which has been serving coneys, buttered french fries and hot fudge sundaes from its lunch counter since 1950.

Jen’s Place | Behind the Food

For the growing ranks of craft-beer fans, Jen’s Place Craft Beer Tasting Room in downtown Massillon is an oasis. Jen’s Place, at 43 Lincoln Way E, is a tasting room devoted to Ohio-brewed beers, with Ohio wines and snacks rounding out the menu.

Mint & Lime Asian Bistro | Behind the Food

There’s a simple meaning behind the name of Mint & Lime Asian Bistro. “Mint and lime means fresh. Everything fresh. Everything,” said Kenny Ly, owner and chef of the restaurant at 7180 Fulton Drive NW in Jackson Township.

Meet Me at Irene’s | Behind the Food

One day at Meet Me at Irene’s, the popular eatery she co-owns in Hartville, Robin Rupp watched in wonderment as a man drove up in a tractor, parked it in the lot and walked in for breakfast.

Garish holiday fun

Think of it as an ugly Christmas sweater party with fancy cocktails that lasts an entire month. That Christmas Bar is a pop-up holiday diversion dreamed up by Scott and Kim Shapiro that is open through December 30, adjacent to their TD’s Tailgate Grill at 2234 Tuscarawas Street W in Canton.

Oser’s Dairy and Deli | Behind the Food

An old-fashioned ice cream parlor in business since 1954, Oser’s Dairy and Deli is to Canal Fulton what Taggart’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant, Milk & Honey and Heggy’s Nut Shop are to Canton.