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Kennedy's B.B.Q.

1420 7th St. NW, Canton, OH - (330) 454-0193
Kennedy's is a tiny vintage diner with a menu limited to sandwiches of pit-cooked ham, pork, turkey or beef, topped with its famous proprietary relish. Bean soup and chili also are justly famous.
80% Approval Rating (5 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Bean Soup (bowl)
Corn Bread
Pork Sandwich
Relish
Beef Sandwich
Turkey Sandwich
Ham Sandwich
Troyer's Pie
Chili (cup)

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Whichever barbecued meat you get in your sandwich at Kennedy's, you must get it topped with cabbage relish. Vaguely similar to the sort of slaw that goes into a pig sandwich in the South, but more pickly than sweet, it is bright and refreshing, an especially good ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1420 7th St. NW, Canton, OH
(330) 454-0193

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Pork piled high and crowned with relish is Kennedy's finest sandwich. It comes with a fork, which is necessary unless you are happier picking shreds and nuggets of the tender meat off the plate with your fingers.
"Pork piled high and crowned with relish is Kennedy's finest sandwich. It comes with a fork, which is necessary unless you are happier picking shreds and nuggets of the tender meat off the plate with your fingers."
Michael Stern





No cheese, no chopped onions, no sour cream. Kennedy's chili is elemental stuff, served with nothing other than a couple of packs of saltines. Cornbread makes a good companion for this thick Midwestern bowl of meat and beans.
"No cheese, no chopped onions, no sour cream. Kennedy's chili is elemental stuff, served with nothing other than a couple of packs of saltines. Cornbread makes a good companion for this thick Midwestern bowl of meat and beans."
Michael Stern


Kennedy's secret weapon: cabbage relish. When asked what exactly was in it, Jack Kennedy once responded, 'That recipe comes with the keys to the front door.' When Ernie Schott took over the business in 2009, he got the recipe.
"Kennedy's secret weapon: cabbage relish. When asked what exactly was in it, Jack Kennedy once responded, 'That recipe comes with the keys to the front door.' When Ernie Schott took over the business in 2009, he got the recipe."
Michael Stern


Kennedy's is minuscule. Seating includes a few counter stools, tables and booths.
"Kennedy's is minuscule. Seating includes a few counter stools, tables and booths."
Michael Stern


Adjoining the little restaurant is the smoke house where meat is cooked.
"Adjoining the little restaurant is the smoke house where meat is cooked."
Michael Stern


Turkey is generously portioned out, but doesn't pack the savory goodness of Kennedy's ham and pork.
"Turkey is generously portioned out, but doesn't pack the savory goodness of Kennedy's ham and pork."
Michael Stern



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