I went on a custom tour with some relatives with Canton Food Tours this weekend, and we all had a fantastic time. Barb, the owner and our tour guide, drove us around in food tour van, which was clean and spacious. She did an excellent job. We were all really impressed with her stories and anecdotes about Canton history. We weren't really expecting that on a food tour, but some of the group member said it ended up being their favorite part of the day.
Our first stop was Elemental Arts, a collection of shops and studios with interesting furniture and vintage clothing. Next we visited the new Basil Asian Bistro. We sampled a couple types of sushi, pad thai, and (my personal favorite from the entire tour) a dessert of tempura bananas and coconut ice cream. Tony, our host at Basil was very friendly and did a great job explaining the dishes he brought out to us. When we arrived at Hazel Artisan Bakery, there were already platters of desserts laid out for us. We got to sample at least 6 different pastries, which were all amazingly delicious and beautiful. There was so much food here that we got to take some of it home with us. We also got a cup a soup and two half sandwiches. I especially liked that we had a chance to buy some bread from the bakery to take home. Next we visited Kennedy's Barbecue to sample some of their famous ham and bean soup. We also got to try their pulled pork sandwich, ham sandwich, and special secret recipe relish. We then drove around monument park and West Lawn Cemetary and learned all about President McKinley and the monument. Our final stop on the tour was for a Bittner at Taggart's ice cream.
Our tour started at 2:00pm, and took about 3.5 hours. The timing was nice because none of the places we visited were very busy while we were there, so the chefs and owners were able to come out and talk to our group and explain about the history of their establishment and describe the foods we were eating. We didn't do much walking, but I bet the walking tours would be really fun. We got more food than we cared to eat, but it was all really delicious. Best of all, we all thought it was an awesome value at just $42. We all agreed that the food alone was worth that much, let alone the extra stops and history lessons along the way, and the goodie bag of Canton souveniers we got to take home.
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