Baja Pizzafish | North Canton, OH

In the blink of an eye, the building that once held Brown Bag Burgers was magically transformed into Baja Pizzafish.  Mind you, this restaurant is on my route to work – it’s right next to Danny Boys and Quaker Steak – so I pass it 2-4 times per day…but I hardly noticed the transition.  Literally, the switch happened that fast.  Opened by the same owners as Old Carolina BBQ, the apparent concept was to bring some West Coast style and healthy cuisine to the midwest. Continue reading

Bricco | Akron, Ohio

For the first ever Downtown Akron Restaurant Week, we decided to hit Bricco, one of our favorite spots.  Akron’s Restaurant Week was structured much like San Diego restaurant week, whereby participating restaurants offer a “fixed price” menu with three to four selections for each course – typically, appetizer, entree, and dessert.  (BTW, this seems like such an ideal way to attract new business – I wish Canton would do this to encourage people to dine downtown!)  In any event, we started with cocktails:

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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

Lembo’s | Akron, Ohio

In my old stomping grounds, a part of East Akron called Ellet, you’re definitely limited on worthwhile restaurants.  But Ellet happens to be a great meeting place between Canton and Akron, wherein lies Lembo’s.  Lembo’s is primarily an Italian restaurant that’s been around for years.  Apart from the Italian dishes, another draw is their salad bar, which is much more than salad.  I mean, who even has a salad bar anymore?  Well if this is your bag, Lembo’s is worth checking out, because after all, who can make a better salad for you than you?!

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