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Main Street Tavern
1181 W Main St, Kent, OH 44240

Main Street Tavern, on the western edge of the City of Kent, serves a full menu and - in the same building but almostMore separated from the main dining room - full bar service. Weekly seafood and pasta specials are often very good values, and regulars love the restaurant's steaks as well as its spinach salad.

Service is good and the ambience is that of a family establishment. While most of the guests are regulars, new customers won't feel uneasy or "watched" by locals. Background music and even the sometimes energized bar crowd is never loud enough to drown out dinner conversation. 

Ciccone's Fine Foods
425 Cherry St, Kent, OH 44240

The kitchen at Ciccone's is limited to soup and hotdogs, but regulars don't seem to mind as they fill the placeMore nearly all day long, every day. It's a jocular crowd at the small bar, usually watching a game but busier talking than keeping score. Ciccone's is well-removed from the college scene; most of the customers here are long out of school, and many are retired.

New customers are served with courtesy, and usually, a great deal of interest - so if you're looking for a bar to keep to yourself, this isn't it; if you're looking for conversation and maybe a little good-natured ribbing, Ciccone's could be just the place.

 

Wild Goats Cafe
319 W Main St, Kent, OH 44240

Wild Goats Cafe is more than its cute name. The independent cafe across from Kent Free Library offers hearty,More wholesome breakfast and lunch menus for a variety of tastes. "The goat," as regulars sometimes call it, also offers multiple catering options.

Breakfast can comprise of a chocolate muffin and dark coffee or lean to the more nutrition omelets, oatmeal, and other selections. Chai tea and a variety of flavored syrups can be added to coffees and hot chocolate to add up to a very long beverage menu. 

Lunch offerings are mostly soup and sandwich fare, but it's all good. Soups are made fresh daily and sandwiches can be downright inspired. Consider the ham and gouda pita, a variety of wraps, and "The Goat," an open-face vegetarian pita sandwich that won't leave much room for dessert.

Numerous booths are available and the staff seems to have an innate understanding of which guests want a little quiet time, and which ones welcome conversation.