The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Simply Delicious directs its flavor-antennae into a far-reaching frontier of classic, casual eats to delight any number of picky tongue critics. Everything is made to order, from the substantial sandwiches made from the molds of actual submarines to the pizzas that weigh as much as an asteroid. Start serious with a full rack of St. Louis–style ribs ($19.95) or an order of chicken fajita quesadillas ($7.95). Yam-and-walnut pierogies ($9.95) make for an unusual addition, while a 12-piece broasted chicken meal ($20.45) welcomes the recurrent fowler with open wings. Satisfy a hydra's seven finicky palates with selections from a list of 13 lucky sandwiches, including the meatball classic ($5.95), classic Greek gyro ($6.95), and battered Icelandic fish 'wich ($7.75).
Since 1966, Italo's Pizza has presented diners with authentic Italian cuisine crafted from timeworn family recipes. Crust craftsmen knead and flatten fresh lumps of dough to remove pesky air bubbles and ensure slices don't levitate over dinner plates. Next, cooks swathe the pie foundation with sauce that contains a spice blend made especially for the restaurant, before festooning cheesy canvases with the customer's choice of topping. Italo's offers diners more than 15 pizza ornaments, including pizzeria fixtures such as pepperoni and mushrooms, as well as unique options including tuna and jalapeño peppers. Italo's meticulous pie prodigies also allow patrons to decide how their pizza should be cut, be it in slices, squares, or letterboxed director's versions.
Servicing Canton for more than 50 years, Chicken Manor Family Restaurant offers hunger-having patrons a menu of heirloom recipes boasting fresh, never frozen home-style chicken, pastas, steaks, seafood, and more. In a covert operation to infiltrate the brain's pleasure centers, an order of mixed home-style chicken ($8.79) cloaks light and dark poultry parts in Chicken Manor's hush-hush breading prepared with a mix of secret spices, while the 8oz. Boston strip steak ($11.99) waves a meaty flag of carnivorous liberties. See the full menu online for more details and prices.
A 2010 nominee for CityVoter's "Best Steakhouse," The Canton Chophouse (formerly Big City Chophouse) brings meat-mavens a menu of hand-selected cuts and Italian-inspired eats. Practice taste bud calisthenics with an appetizer such as the crispy calamari ($8) or the spinach dip ($8) before diving forkfirst into a vegetable-accompanied entrée. The bone-in ribeye steak ($26) is a 16 oz slab of beast wingman'd by garlic mashed potatoes, while the pork chops ($19) curb carnivorous cravings not satisfied by attempts to eat Meat Loaf albums. Pasta dishes include lasagna ($16) and scallop rotini ($19). Demonstrate the new found level of maturity your ex fails to see with the Grown Up Grilled Cheese sandwich ($6), and then wash it down with an equally grown-up glass of Cliff Creek merlot ($8) or one of many imported beers.
Mary Ann Donuts' slogan is "They're Donutlicious," and people agree; the shop was named a top-five Best Bakery in 2008 by FOX8. It boasts more than 50 species of donuts and pastries, including devil's food and angelic cake donuts, capped with a variety of toppings and icings (regular donuts are $0.81 each, and $8.15 a dozen). Four varieties of gourmet muffins (including triple-berry whole grain and chocolate-chocolate chunk) are served daily ($1.49 each), while Aunt Mary Ann's signature crème sticks ($1.20 each) come in chocolate, maple, vanilla, crunch, and powdered sugar. Regular, dark-roast, and gourmet coffees ($1.25–$2.75), along with espressos ($1.49–$2.49), cappuccinos ($1.75–$3), flavored lattés ($2.29–$2.59), and frozen cappuccinos ($2.99) cleanse esophaguses' sugar coatings. To round off your donut-and-coffee mealstravaganza, order a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich ($2.49).