Canton, Ohio is seeing a resurgence downtown, with a number of stores (The Auricle, Arrowhead, Canton Brewing Company) looking to revitalize a long-dormant metropolis. The Deli Ohio has a chill atmosphere with solid colors, decently open space and an open kitchen so that one can see their food being made. The chipper attitude of the cashier put the cherry on the ordering process, while the sandwiches were delivered to our table within five minutes. The Cuban ($7.50) was packed with tremendous amounts of ham and pork loin, given further moisture with the Dijon mustard, pickle, and grilled onions, and bookended by the house (Hazel’s) sourdough. The platter was completed with the inclusion of a pickle and Shearer’s chips. Sandwiches can be modified to individual taste while the staff was more than happy to assist with the order in any further way.
We also purchased a Turkey Bacon Avocado ($7.50) which achieved the perfect balance of meat (a smoked turkey, bacon), veggie (onion, romaine, tomato), and creamy fat (avocado, house aioli). The portion sizes were considerable, making it easy to eat half the sandwich for lunch and bring home the remaining piece for a later-afternoon snack. While we did not evaluate Deli Ohio’s soup and salad menu, the restaurant offers a Cobb salad ($8), and rotating soups, sides, and desserts. A kids menu ($3/sandwich) provides further variety for the younger set with offerings of natural peanut butter & jelly, ham & cheese, and a toasted cheese sandwich.
The Deli Ohio also has additional room in the restaurant for events, bands, and other irregular occurrences; we had just missed the Craft, Farm, and Flea Market that is held at the restaurant by the time we stopped in. Deli Ohio also offers catering of events and is open from 7 AM to 7 PM Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays. For high quality sandwiches utilizing local ingredients, make a detour into downtown Canton.