First-time visitors to Chowder House Cafe often fixate on the dining room’s walls—or lack thereof, as every square inch has been painted over with electric flowers, guitar players, crowned kings, and other artistic testaments to the café’s funky and unconventional outlook. This same outlook makes its way onto the menu, which features the namesake clam chowder alongside salads, sandwiches, and dinner entrees similarly inspired by the sea. Aside from the Sunday brunch’s traditional omelets and buttermilk pancakes drenched in fresh Ohio maple syrup, a crab cake benedict celebrates the weekend atop a toasted ciabatta roll. Regardless of the time of day, a considerate BYOB policy accommodates the sailors who often stumble into the café with unlabeled bottles of clam juice.
The Fifth Season Restaurant's chefs prep robust steakhouse classics with upscale panache. Situated in an old tavern, the restaurant's muted, earth-toned dining room complements its woodsy surroundings. Warmer seasons bring outdoor seating, where eyes feast upon the surrounding game reserve and mouths dine on selections from the rich menu. Oil rusty jaw-hinges with appetizers such as stuffed mushrooms broiled with crabmeat and swaddled in a melted swiss-cheese blanket ($8). Entrees include the seafood puff pastry ($25), which allows diners to taste a variety of underwater delicacies without the hassle of stealing a shark's lunchbox, as well as the center-cut USDA-choice filet mignon ($26 for 6 oz.) and top sirloin ($12 for 6 oz.). The wine list offers a cornucopia of more than 700 domestic and imported Dionysian delights.
Cool breezes caress the faces of diners seated at the brick-walled outdoor patio at Marbella Restaurant, recalling the Mediterranean climate of the Spanish seaside resort for which the eatery is named. Indoors, tuxedoed waiters deliver fresh seafood such as twin lobster tails, grilled scallops, and jumbo shrimp to tables lit by flickering candlelight. Spanish wines, from sparkling cavas to rich, red riojas, pour into glasses from a full bar.
Serving up French-style Louisiana cooking along with traditional American favorites for lunch and dinner, Fat Fish Blue also hosts live jazz and blues performances five nights a week. Start tongues tapping with a half pound of boiled crawfish ($6.99) and fried green tomatoes with collard greens, mobile relish, and Cajun mayo ($5.99). Entrees include the mumbo jambalaya chicken ($9.99) and the Cajun crawfish ravioli, which replaces the tiny crustaceans' hard outer shells with tender pasta and tosses them with sauteed chicken, onions, and pepper in a Cajun pepper cream ($17.99). Vegetarians can nosh a crisp veggie burger heaped with lettuce, tomato, and shaved onion ($7.99), while roving sweet teeth can be wooed back with desserts such as the carpetbagger, a chocolate sack filled with sponge cake, fresh fruit, and Godiva white chocolate mousse ($11.99). Fat Fish Blue also offers a spacious bar full of potent potables.
The son of a long-time Canton restaurateur, Sylvester “Butch” Premier II carries on both his father’s name and his father's enthusiasm for good business. He takes pride in the robust menu at Primaveras, which promises platefuls of crispy fried calamari, tender veal marsala, and stuffed eggplant filled with creamy ricotta. Live music frequently fills the dining room, with singers performing old standards by Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra, and Dark Frank Sinatra, the shadowy nemesis of the Rat Pack.
Bialy's at the Lakes unleashes a red, white, and blue roster of traditional American eats, served up by a staff of smiles. Begin your survey of the sustenance with the appetizer sampler platter ($6.99), offering two mozzarella sticks, two chicken tenders, and onion rings for fans of fried food, or opt for greener pastures with the garden salad, adorned with onion, cucumber, tomato, egg, and mozzarella cheese ($6.29). Sandwichistas can opt for fries-accompanied fare such as the Lakes Burger ($6.19) or the BLT, uniting sworn enemies bacon, lettuce, and tomato atop a treaty of Texas toast ($5.99). Rehabbed Ahabs nostalgic for life atop the lapping waves can relive maritime memories with three pieces of broiled white fish ($7.99) or two crab cakes ($8.99), whereas meat-loving mavericks can opt for the house sirloin steak ($9.99) or smothered chicken breasts topped with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese ($9.29). All entrees are served with soup, salad, and choice of potato. Bialy's at the Lakes also offers up a bounty of breakfast options—welcome the weekday with biscuits and gravy ($3.99), a veggie omelette ($5.99), or the heart-hugging Country Bowl, with two eggs resting atop a foundation of hash browns, onions, green peppers, and a sausage patty and under a blanket of sausage gravy and cheese ($6.39).