Local Eats: Empowering your communityJanuary 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.