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Stark11: 11 Most Unique Restaurants in Stark County

These venues pop with personality or individuality, and serve up great food and service. Some employ hundreds and some a mere handful. All are locally owned.

1. The Rail Burger Bar Canton at Belden Village Mall.

You can’t walk into The Rail without noticing the Ohio-proud focus. Maps on the wall feature counties that provide beef for the burgers; taps behind the bar pour ice-cold Ohio beers; shakes are made with milk from local dairy cows. It’s a fun, bright, casual place. Good for families or meeting up with friends.
TIP: Upgrade to the truffle fries!

2. Bender’s Tavern Downtown Canton.

“Canton’s oldest and finest” – A slogan that rings true. In operation since 1902 and famous for seafood and wine selection, Bender’s sits in a beautiful, historic brick building along Court Ave. The elegant interior showcases marble and wood paneling over 100 years old. Top service, a great menu selection and daily specials offer choices that will please the most discernable palate. Great for a business lunch or date night.
TIP: Jerry’s Mini Sundae for dessert when a “little” sweet is all that’s needed. 

3. Kennedy’s BBQ West of downtown Canton.

This cute little diner is often overlooked, and only partially because it sits by itself along railroad tracks in a neighborhood adjacent to the McKinley Monument. The other reason it’s overlooked is it’s size. It’s TINY. Sit at the swivel stools along the counter and order a cup of famous bean soup and a smoked pulled pork or turkey sandwich. Don’t forget to top it with secret recipe relish and a little bit of BBQ sauce.
TIP: Save room for pie….if there’s any left in the case!

4. Bombay Sitar Jackson Twsp.

Flavor flavor flavor. And so many items on the lunch buffet you won’t know where to start. This Indian restaurant boasts of using “curry not found in the grocery store” and adjusting spice levels to your liking. Traditional dishes are plentiful and being a vegetarian is easy here.
TIP: Lunch buffet offers carryout. Fill your container and go! 

5. Georges Lounge Downtown Canton.

Known for their grass-fed beef burgers and hand-cut fries. House-made dipping sauces, and great desserts add to the mix. The vibe and décor is retro, casual, and fun. A horseshoe shaped bar occupies most of the space with a small stage that hosts live music. No TVs and friendly staff will make this your regular stop or a place to meet friends.
TIP: Try the kamikaze sauce!

6. Baker’s Cafe ’33 Just south of downtown Canton.

Recently rebuilt and reopened (mid-December) after a fire, Baker’s is known for it’s simple menu, no fuss/no frills atmosphere, and off-the-beaten path location. Located in a residential/industrial neighborhood in a nondescript green building. Steaks and baked potatoes are the top menu items. Simple and delicious with a dedicated following.
TIP: Save room for Peanut Butter Pie! 

7. BAM Healthy Cuisine Jackson Twsp and North Canton.

Who would have thought healthy food could be so flavorful? A variety of menu items - Sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pizzas, smoothies, salads, and more. Dine in or take out.
TIP: Grab some extra power bombs for a great on-the-go snack.

8. Sol Pie Pizza North Canton.

Local and in-season ingredients are better tasting and support local farmers. Another stand-out at Sol Pie is the creativity and variety. Let’s just say it goes way beyond pepperoni and cheese. Gluten-free crust available too.
TIP: Try the pizza of the month! 

9. Gervasi Vineyards 

In the heart of suburban North Canton sits a charming winery with vineyards, multiple restaurants, overnight Villas, conference spaces, culinary education center, and much more, all centered around a lake that’s lovely in all seasons. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported out of Ohio by the experience, food, wine, service, and atmosphere.
TIP: Take a tour of the winery and get behind-the-scenes access. 

10. Hartville Kitchen 

Home-style cooking and comfort food. Long lines move quickly. Shop at the nearby marketplace, children’s boutique, hardware store, and collectibles store. This one-of-a-kind shopping destination is still family owned.
TIP: Check out the bakery and take home some pies!

11. Lucca’s Downtown Downtown Canton.

Stylish Italian restaurant with attention to where menu items come from and how they are prepared. A strong chef core with local farm partnerships, attention to detail in preparation and presentation, and excellent service make Lucca’s Downtown a top pick.
TIP: Visit their sister restaurant down the street, Canton ChopHouse & Market. 

Barb Abbott


Barb Abbott is owner of Canton Food Tours, a culinary tourism business based in downtown Canton that highlights the great food, fun, and history of the Hall of Fame City and surrounding region. Barb is active in the community, currently on the Executive Board of the First Ladies National Historic Site, a member of Aultman Hospital Women’s Board, on the Central Stark County YMCA Board of Trustees, among various other boards and committees.  She resides in Canton with her husband, Mike, and son, Dominic.  Website:

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