Outdoor & To-Go
A look at some of the best patio, drive-in and to-go dining options
Looking for a patio or open-air dining? Enjoy a meal along brick-paved Court Ave. at Canton’s oldest restaurant, Bender’s Tavern. Then, visit the birthplace of the NFL marked by one of The Eleven, a series of public art installations throughout the Canton Arts District. Bender’s Tavern and other downtown favorites like Basil Asian Bistro offer sidewalk seating.
Café style outdoor seating is also available downtown at Grapes in a Glass wine bar and at local coffee shops such as Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co. and Carpe Diem Coffee Shop. Find several restaurants surrounding the new Centennial Plaza in downtown Canton, including the new Jerzee’s Café, opening in spring 2021. Jerzee’s All American Sports Grille also has three additional locations throughout the area. One location is across the street from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, another is beside Belden Village Mall, and the other in nearby Green/Akron, Ohio. All of the locations feature spacious outdoor patios. A Canton Food Tour is another great option for enjoying local restaurants in downtown Canton. While taking a Hall of Fame City walking tour partake in chef select small plates from local restaurants along the way.
A short distance from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, drive-up dining service is available at the old-fashioned Woody’s Rootbeer Stand. Summertime visitors can enjoy tasty burgers and sandwiches along with ice cream treats, served car-side. Just remember that the restaurant is exclusively cash-only.
Another option around the corner from Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls and open year-round since 1926, is Taggart’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant, offering homemade ice cream and a full menu of soups and sandwiches. Eat inside, take a seat at the tables along the sidewalk out front, or take your treats to go. Stadium Park isn’t far away. The 77-acre park connects from Fulton Road near Hall of Fame Village to Monument Park where you’ll find the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and McKinley Monument. Find a bench or bring a blanket to enjoy lunch. Then, take a walk along the 1.5 mile rubberized walking track, visit the Canton Garden Center, or enjoy Stark Park’s West Branch Trail, a 4.5-mile limestone trail connecting six community parks; West Park, the former Mother Goose Land, Waterworks Park, Monument Park, Stadium Park, Ink Park, and Covered Bridge Park.
The Canton area is full of classic, family-owned diners and restaurants providing plenty of local flavor. Kennedy’s Bar-B-Que is another option within walking distance. A little ways down the road from the museum is Lindsey’s Pizza. Order chicken, subs, pasta, and more, then swing by the drive-thru to pick it up. Pizza Oven and Kraus’ Pizza are two more area favorites for pizza and wings, offering convenient drive-thru window service at locations across Stark County.
Oakwood Plaza in Plain Township also offers a variety of restaurant options. Every first Saturday of the month from May through October 2021, enjoy the 720 Sidestreet MKT. The “Saturdays at the Square” series features market style shopping from local, tented vendors and food trucks. Also in Oakwood Plaza, Tlaquepaque offers authentic Mexican food and has a covered, open-air bar and dining area. There are more Tlaquepaque locations throughout the area. The Belden Village location features a beautiful patio nook, complete with a water fountain. Oakwood Plaza is also home to several other local dining options including two local breweries and The Bistro of Oakwood.
In the North Canton area, enjoy covered, open-air dining in The Lodge room at Walther’s Twin Tavern. The bar and grille also features a pick-up window for to-go orders. Another local favorite restaurant with outdoor seating in North Canton, close to shopping at Belden Village and The Strip, is Table Six. A wine and beer bar in North Canton, The Barrel Room, is a great option to enjoy a glass of wine or craft beer on a patio.
Another Barrel Room, located in Canal Fulton, offers a full dinner menu as well as wine and beer bar. It’s located on Canal St. within the city’s designated outdoor refreshment area, steps away from great outdoor recreation at the nearby canoe liveries, campgrounds, and The Towpath Trail stretching through the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. Grab a quick bite to eat at Oser’s Dairy & Deli or the Cherry Street Creamery in Canal Fulton, or down the road at the Lake Ave. Trailhead where you can eat at the Blue Heron Deli before or after renting bicycles for a ride along the crushed limestone path. Order lunch or dinner at restaurants nearby in Massillon with convenient, curbside, to-go service at Kozmo’s Grille and Bugsy’s Pasta House.