Whether you're a first time guest, a distinguished regular or date night out... Bistro on Main can handle your culinary cravings. From their hand-tossed pizza, fresh wild caught seafood, great burgers and sandwiches, to their handcrafted cocktails and great appetizer selection, they have "Dinner & Drinks" covered. Chef/partner Aaron L. Ruggles and crew bring years of hospitality expertise together to create an experience you'll want to relive time and time again. Plenty of parking! Relax on their covered patio. Order a handcrafted cocktail or glass wine from their eclectic wine list. You'll find an extensive bar with a deep selection of small batch bourbon, scotch and tequila, and a variety of craft and draft beers. Bistro on Main 1313 W. Main St. Kent, Ohio 44240 • (330) 673-9900 • website
Nineteen10 offers a boutique dining experience in its intimate and elegant dining room. Featuring a menu inspired by the Slow Food movement and using local, sustainable ingredients, Nineteen10 offers certified angus beef steaks, fire-grilled pizzas, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Grab a drink and an appetizer after work at our upscale bar, or enjoy a sophisticated date night with steak for two. nineteen 10 website
Ray's Place is straight up iconic! It has been featured on The Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" and has been busting out amazing burgers, fries, sandwiches, and dinners for the last 80 years. Ray's has a great atmosphere and beer selection. Great place to watch sports on their many TVs. They have pool tables upstairs and always a go-to bar during the local music festivals. 135 Franklin Avenue, Kent, OH 44240 • (330) 673-2233 • website
Kent Cheesemonger is a specialty shop offering artisan cheese, and all the cheese pairings such as wine, beer, crackers, dips, sauces, cured meats, olives, and more. Over 200 special hard to find vintages in our shop. We taste each wine before we put it on our shelf. 155 E. #201 Erie Ave., Kent OH 44240 (Acorn Alley Plaza) • (330) 593-5619 • website
Pacific East Kent is bringing authentic Japanese and Malaysian Cuisine to Kent. They are located in the heart of downtown at 100 East Main Street, Kent OH 44240 • (234) 263-5018 • website
The Haymaker Farmers’ Market prides itself on being a producers-only market. So what is a producers-only market? In the simplest terms, it is a market at which vendors are permitted to only sell products that they have themselves produced. This means you can be sure that the tomato you are buying was grown by the farmer selling it and the eggs you are buying came from hens the farmer is raising and tending. It means the breads and jams and cheeses and soaps and coffee and snacks were all produced by the vendor selling them. It also means vendors likely take great pride in what they are producing and are happy to chat about their products and their processes and answer your questions.
This season, the HFM is welcoming over 40 vendors offering a wide selection of locally grown and produced products. If you are a market regular, you will find many of your long-time favorites in addition to several new vendors with a variety of new items not offered at market before. Customers wishing to plant their own gardens with locally-raised vegetable and herb starts will find a large selection at the spring markets. If you’ve never attended Portage County’s longest-running farmers’ market, we encourage you come downtown and have a look for yourself.
In addition to providing a shopping venue for locally grown and produced food items, every week the market also hosts a local musical act from 10am – noon. Performances are free and open to the public and add a festive and creative feel to the hustle and bustle of the busy market. The artistic setting is enhanced by the stunning mural depicting scenes from the market and Kent painted on the abutments of the Haymaker overpass, under which part of the market sits. For more info on the market visit aroundKent Magazine Vol 17!