Local Eats: Empowering your community

January 27, 2015

It seems like chain restaurants are slowly taking over the world. My heart breaks when a local diner closes, gets bull dozed and replaced by an IHop or some other monopolized restaurant chain. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally guilty when it comes to these ever popular spots. Clearly, I was just at Outback last Monday. I'm not saying getting a Quesadilla Burger at Applebee's makes you a horrible person, but there's an entire culinary world out there some people completely ignore simply because it's not plastered all over social media.

In the past twenty four hours I guarantee you've seen a commercial, an add, or a billboard for a popular chain restaurant. Olive Garden, Applebee's, T.G.I. Friday's, just to name a few obvious. Sure they are popular and every one who hasn't been living under a rock has been to one. Have you ever wondered why they are so popular? Think about it, roughly you are paying 10-20 an entree for a frozen burger patty, soup from a plastic bag, and french fries that come in boxes. I'm sure if Friday's Jack Daniels Burger was shown in all it's frozen stuck-to-others glory we wouldn't find it as tasty as it seems on TV.

So now what? What do you do if you have a serious case of the out-to-eats? Unless you live in the middle of freaking no where, chances are you have a little mom and pop spot, a local diner, a dive. You know, one of those places that has regulars, where the hostess makes an effort to know everyone she seats. A place that cares about the quality of their food. Who'd never serve their customers a frozen-thawed chicken breast and insta-potatoes.

Canton, Ohio, home to the Pro-Football Hall of Fame, is home to countless locally run restaurants. Though we've hit up quite a few, there always seems to be another to try. Friday's are a typical eat out night for us. There's something about cleaning up a kitchen on a Friday night that turns me off. We decided to try a local eat we'd been hearing so much hype about.



Vito Corleone's is a small Italian Diner. The atmosphere is very relaxing with a Godfather inspired theme. Even the waitresses are dressed as mobsters. 



Joshua made reservations, and we were seated promptly by Paulette, the hostess. (You always know the service rocks if you can remember the staff's names). Our waitress, Toni (forgive my most-likely incorrect spelling), took our drink orders as we browsed the menu. Over all, the menu was small, but not to the point where you couldn't find anything. 


For an appetizer we ordered the Bruschetta. It was loaded with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, the works. One of the best I've ever had. 


My meal came with a choice of soup. Since I'm a total seafood fanatic, I chose Lobster Bisque. It was house made fresh every day and bursting with flavor. It was all I could do not to lick the bowl. The only better Lobster Bisque I've had was in Seattle. For Ohio, this was pretty impressive. 


I didn't take any photos of Joshua's meal because he was boring and ordered a burger. However his burger was a fresh, hand pressed patty served with hand cut fries. If you've ever made your own burger patties, you can spot the difference between a frozen and fresh one easily. 
I ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo (it had a fancy name that's escaping me) with chicken. I cant even begin to explain how incredible this was. No jarred pasta sauce or frozen chicken here. Even my next day left overs were amazing. 

If you are planning on dining out in the near future I challenge you to try a place you've never been before. Find something local, something small. Lets help these small businesses out and empower our community by doing so. You never know, it may just be your new favorite place. 

What are your favorite local eats?
We're visiting Atlanta this summer, does anyone know of must-go diners or restaurants down there? 


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