Eats & Drinks
You do not have to take our word for how tasty the restaurants, food, wine, and brew are in Canton and all-around Stark County. There are several state and national awards, competitions, and accolades that speak for themselves.
For a homemade meal in a cozy environment and surrounded by acres of shopping, enjoy Hartville Kitchen and The Shops at Hartville Kitchen. The restaurant is a 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice award winner, and this year celebrates the 55th anniversary of its opening in 1966. Hartville Kitchen is proud to offer quality meals from scratch with ample portions and affordable prices. Baked goods are prepared on-site every day using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and no preservatives, and they’re known for their homemade pies and salad dressings.
The Kitchen also offers carryout dinners and family meal deals to-go. Another unique way to experience Hartville Kitchen dining is to attend one of the monthly dinner concerts. After dinner and a show, walk next door to book a comfortable stay at the Comfort Suites – Hartville, a 2020 Best of Choice award-winning property known for exceptional staff who put the guests first.
The entire family will find something to fancy at The Shops at Hartville Kitchen. In over 25,000 square feet of shopping, you will discover a children’s shop, bakery, candy shop, jewelry, apparel, gifts, and more. The Hartville Kitchen & Shops are part of a 20+ acre Experience Hartville campus. The campus is also home to Hartville Hardware – America’s largest hardware store – and Hartville Flea Market & MarketPlace, where you will find a combination of permanent indoor shops, covered outdoor vendors, and flea market booths. Also in Hartville, enjoy great wine, craft brew, and The Tasting Room Café at Maize Valley Winery & Craft Brewery.
The Stark County region is home to many award-winning craft brews. In Massillon, Ohio, enjoy a gold-winning brew on tap at Paradigm Shift Brewery. Their Rodeo Clown won Gold for American pale ale in the Ohio Craft Brewers Cup. Taste another Ohio Craft Brewers Cup award-winning brew at Codex Brewing Company in North Canton. Their Page Turner won bronze for brown/dark ale, and in Minerva, another winner, Sandy Springs Brewing Company’s Goodnight Sweettart won the bronze medal for sour/wild beer with fruit.
Muskellunge Brewing Company in downtown Canton is a Gold medalist in the U.S. Open Beer Championship. Their Sturgeon Russian Imperial Stout won gold in 2020 and is in frequent rotation on tap at the brewery. In 2021, Muskellunge Brewing Company brought home a silver medal for their honey beer, Rock Bass Honey Nut Brown.
Another 2021 U.S. Open Beer Championship medalist is within walking distance in downtown Canton, the Canton Brewing Co. won a silver medal for their bock, King Gambrinus. In North Canton, Codex Brewing Co. is another 2021 winner, with a bronze for their French/Belgian Saison, A Beer of One’s Own.
Ohio is also known for its wine country. Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio, is a luxurious, Tuscan-themed winery resort serving not only award-winning wine but also award-winning spirits distilled on-site. It also offers custom GV Craft Brews and Gervasi Caffe custom blend Italian coffee. Gervasi’s Vidal Blanc won gold in the 2019 Ohio Wine Competition for best ice wine. The Still House at Gervasi features four Great American Spirits Competition award winners for flavor-infused gin, wheat vodka, small-batch bourbon, and gin. The 55-acre estate with multiple restaurants and accommodations on the property was also recognized by both Open Table and Forbes Magazine in 2019 among their lists for Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the Country.
Another area award-winning winery is the quaint Cherry Road Winery in Massillon. Their wines, The Rezzie took silver and Lucky Blue won bronze, in the 2019 Ohio Wine Competition in their respective categories of riesling and fruit specialty wine. There is a vast wine selection at Bender’s Tavern in downtown Canton. The restaurant has been recognized with the Award of Excellence for 10 years in a row by Wine Spectator for maintaining a wine list of at least 90 well-chosen, quality producers, with a thematic match to the menu and sufficient assortment to satisfy discerning wine lovers.