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Kennedy's B.B.Q.

1420 7th St. NW, Canton, OH - (330) 454-0193
Posted By Michael Stern on June 16, 2010 5:37 AM
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 partner for pork. And oh, what lovely pork this is: butter-tender with occasional chewy shreds, it is piled so high and huge in a bun that well over half the sandwich must be eaten with a fork or fingers. That much tumbles out if you try to lift it by hand. While barbecue sauce is available, the meats are served without it. Relish is the only essential condiment.

Other pit-cooked meat choices are ham (fabulous), beef (yet to be tried) and turkey (not impressive). The rest of the menu is chili and bean soup. Plus cornbread and Amish pies. That's the extent of it. The connoisseur's choice, other than a sandwich, is a bowl of bean soup loaded with chunks of pit ham and crowned with crumbled corn bread.

A Canton landmark since 1922, when it opened as Spiker's, the miniscule eatery was bought and renamed in 1960 by Jack Kennedy, who ran it 49 years. After Mr. Kennedy died in 2009, it was taken over by Ernie Schott, proprietor of Taggart's Ice Cream Parlor, another Canton landmark. Mr. Schott extended the lunch hour to 5pm but otherwise made no changes in the time-honored formula.
5 star rating
Overall Rating
Pork Sandwich
Bean Soup (bowl)
Chili (cup)
Corn Bread
Troyer's Pie
Turkey Sandwich

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Posted By Mitch Davis on February 19, 2014 11:05 PM
Not a BBQ ... don't be fooled, the smokehouse does not operate here anymore. The old recipes died with Jack Kennedy. It's a sandwich shop. I have lived in Canton 69 years and always ate here when Jack owned it. The lack of slow smoked meats like Jack did it is very evident and the Famous Relish has changed over the years, just not the same. Sure the new guy came in, cleaned it up and raised prices, but I wouldn't drive out of my way to eat here. Very bland food. You can find several new BBQ joints in Canton and they really smoke their meats. You can't cheat on the real smoke flavor. I live nearby, so I can vouch that no smoke comes out of Kennedys BBQ.
1 star rating
Overall Rating
Bean Soup (bowl)
Relish
Pork Sandwich
Turkey Sandwich
Ham Sandwich

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Posted By mike on October 25, 2012 6:03 PM
At Kennedy's we ordered every sandwich they had; we ordered the slider versions so we could eat it all (which we could not). Not that we didn't want to, as everything was delicious, but the portions were large. We also tried the bean soup and chili and both of those were great also. Worth the time and money to visit from anywhere.
5 star rating
Overall Rating
Ham Sandwich
Beef Sandwich
Pork Sandwich
Turkey Sandwich
Bean Soup (bowl)
Chili (cup)
Troyer's Pie
Corn Bread
Relish

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