TD’s Tailgate Patio in Canton Offers Summer Pleasure

by Dan Kane, The Canton Repository

Our plan was to order things that weren’t typical bar fare.

If you’re looking for a relaxing patio experience as summer winds down, TD’s Tailgate Grill is a reliable destination.

TD’s spacious oasis at 2234 Tuscarawas St. W has been retooled a bit for social distancing, with walls between the booths and extra spacing between tables.

My visit Monday evening was pleasurable, from the uptempo ’80s music playing to the rum-fueled and ultra-refreshing Tailgate Punch, to the satisfying and well-presented menu items. Our server, Alex, was upbeat and attentive.

My friend and I sat at a tall-top table shaded by an umbrella resembling a grass skirt. We started with tall glasses of that punch ($5, or $3 at happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m.). Our plan was to order things that weren’t typical bar fare.

The appetizer of stuffed hot peppers ($8.99) was three tender banana peppers filled with ground Italian sausage and topped with marinara sauce and oodles of melted mozzarella cheese. These definitely packed some (not-unpleasant) heat.

The entree-sized Southwestern Cobb Salad ($9.99), which we shared, had visual appeal with its array of fresh toppings — well-seasoned sliced chicken, tomato, black beans, fire-roasted corn, red bell pepper, shredded cheese and pico de gallo — all but burying the bed of iceberg lettuce. The housemade chipotle ranch dressing tied the flavors together. (There’s also a housemade jalapeno vinaigrette.)

Next up was an order of TD’s deservedly famous fish tacos ($10.99 for three), with perfect fillets of flavorful grilled white fish, Monterey Jack cheese, pico de gallo and shredded cabbage in soft flour tortillas with wedges of lime. (Our server said she likes to drizzle hers with TD’s spicy Boom Boom Sauce.) They’re consistently the best fish tacos I’ve had anywhere, and on Tuesdays specially priced at $7.99.

This was plenty of food tor the two of us, but wanting to sample something else, I ordered another of TD’s most-popular items, the Thai Chili Shrimp Rice Bowl ($13.99). This one had 22 medium shrimp — a half-pound, according to the menu — with sauteed broccoli and red peppers, rice and drizzled sweet-spicy chili sauce. When blended together, the flavors really popped.

The second TD’s location at 1645 N. Main St. in North Canton, has a smaller, 10-table patio and the same menu.

Next week, Monday through Aug. 30, will be Lobster Week at both TD’s locations. Menu items include lobster rolls, lobster tacos, lobster bisque, lobster-topped steak with lobster mashed potatoes, and a whole Maine lobster dinner (Friday only).

On Sept. 8, the patio in Canton will be transformed into an outdoor version of TD’s popular That Halloween Bar called Pumpkin Patch Patio, with themed cocktails, the regular menu and elaborate decoration by Factory of Terror. This will run through Halloween.

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