Brown Bag Burgers | CLOSED: July 2012 :(

Relatively new to the Canton food scene is Brown Bag Burgers.  Although the name does not exactly draw you in, they do offer some delicious enhancements to the typical “burger and fries” menu.  The Godfather, my personal favorite, is reason enough to keep us coming back for more.

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Sukho Thai | Canton, OH

If you find yourself craving Thai food in Canton, at least you won’t have trouble deciding where to go.  There is, in fact, only one Thai restaurant in all of Canton (that I’ve found). So luckily, Sukho Thai near Belden Village hits the spot for all things Thai…and sushi too.

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Jojutlas | North Canton, Ohio UPDATE: CLOSE

There is a new Mexican restaurant in town that’s totally different than all the rest, and not just because nobody knows how to pronounce its name.  Jojutlas (Ho-HOOT-las, located on Portage Street, near the intersection of Frank Road) just opened, and is bringing a little authentic Mexican food to northeast Ohio.  (Don’t worry, I’m not knocking our friends at El Rincon – this is just a completely different style.)  Finally, a delicious fish taco has arrived in Canton.  And served on a homemade tortilla, no less!

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Muggswigz | Canton, Ohio

As much as we all adore a pumpkin latte in the fall, sometimes one needs a break from Starbucks.  It’s getting hard to remember what life was like before Starbucks; it’s so familiar and predictable (translation: boring and overpriced).  Enter Muggswigz.  In case you are one of the many Cantonians who never ventures downtown, let me be clear: if you have not had coffee at Muggswigz, you are missing out.  Muggswigz is unquestionably the best place in town to get coffee.  And tea, we can’t forget the tea.  Of all the great downtown Canton restaurants that thrive for a minute, then quietly disappear, you might think our city’s little downtown is practically lifeless.  That is, until you step into Muggs.

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BBQ for Two | Our Backyard

It just so happens that some days, there is no place you would rather be than home.  We had one of those days on Labor Day, which turned out to be a peaceful and obligation-free day off together.  With a fridge full of food, including some fresh veggies from a very local garden (thanks Dave and Carol), we decided to head outside for a late summer backyard BBQ, for two.

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Mulligan’s Pub | Canton, Ohio

There are few culinary creations more satisfying than a delicious bowl of lobster bisque.  It is not often that one has a chance to indulge in lobster, so lobster bisque, while still a luxury, makes the the experience a little more frequently obtainable.  I give full credit to my good friend Melissa for turning me onto it some years ago.  We were at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in La Jolla, California when Melissa got noticeably excited to see lobster bisque on the menu, (a dead give-away of a true foodie: spontaneous mood change at the mere thought of certain dishes).  While it turned out that Sammy’s bisque fell slightly short for Melissa (she remains partial to Bon Vie in Columbus), all was not lost, because for me, a new obsession was born.  Now, like Melissa, a smile comes to my face when I see lobster bisque on the menu.  And that is one of the main reasons why Mulligan’s Pub in Canton is a must try.

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Danny Boys | Canton, Ohio

Like ice cream shops and burger joints, Italian restaurants abound in NE Ohio.  When Danny Boys opened in North Canton last year, I confess, I was far from excited to see yet another Italian restaurant popping up.  So they had probably been open for a few months before I finally got around to stopping in.  Fast forward one year to now, after many visits at different times of the day and night, Danny Boys has completely won me over, for many reasons including their vast menu of delicious Italian dishes.  Having read some rather harsh reviews online, I feel compelled to speak up for Danny Boys.  Not only has it become part of my lunch-time rotation, it’s just an all-around great place to meet, eat, and enjoy a carb-o-licious feast.  So if you’re trying to decide if it’s worth a visit, consider my top five reasons to love Danny Boys: Continue reading