Benders has been a staple eatery in downtown Canton since 1902. The restaurant was severely damaged in a 1988 fire, but touches of the old digs remain, including oak paneling, marble wainscoting and tin ceilings. Long dark rooms, low lights and Oriental rugs show the restaurant’s age. Outside, you can still see the now-defunct signs for separate men's and ladies' entrances from years ago.
It’s possible to get a fairly cheap lunch at Benders and still feel like you paid too much. Portions are small and the food isn't terribly good. The menu details beef, seafood, burgers and several Benders "traditions"—tomato salad, turtle soup, a daily quiche and homemade french fries. The tomatoes ($7.75 for a petite serving) aren't much more than a couple of slices topped with blue cheese, herbs and Italian dressing. The mushroom and goat cheese quiche ($9) was better, but the homemade fries were simply unforgivable, soggy clumps of pan-fried potatoes that seemed more like an accident than a side dish. Also underwhelming and overpriced, the grilled shrimp skewer ($9.50) consisted of three shrimp served over white bean and arugula salad.
Benders is the most convenient business-lunch stop if you're downtown, but skip the "traditions" and stick with something basic like a burger.