Then it closed. Then it reopened. This time under the name Thanos. Let’s see…Janos…Thanos…looked a tad suspicious to me. Once again, its parking lot was usually pretty filled up. At the beginning of this week, the owners did a segment on the Channel 21 Good Morning Show, showcasing Pittsburgh based dishes in celebration of the Super Bowl. Looked good, so the wife and I gave it a go on Tuesday evening.
Actually, it wasn’t too bad. This is the Youngstown version of a diner. The special Pittsburgh menu had meals that are hits in Pittsburgh, like pierogies, my wife’s choice, and Turkey Devonshire, my choice…along with sandwiches that resembled the Primanti Brothers signature stack sandwiches including French fries under between the bread. (If you know Pittsburgh, you will know Primanti’s).
I am not a big fan of this type of food. It is basic grub. But these guys, who I believe aren’t the same people who ran it before, make good grub. It is the type of place you go on Sunday for a chicken and gravy dinner with Italian, Greek and Lebanese overtones. What a combination.
Almost as much fun was that we knew a whole bunch of people that were eating there, and were able to join some friends of ours for dinner. We had a great time. The place was busy, very busy. Hang around and you will see an old friend sooner or later.
You can get out of there for about eight bucks a person…not bad in a recession. Great location. Portions are just right. Food was served hot. The place is immaculate. The owners seem to be promoters (featured an Inaugural Peach Cobbler in honor of the new Prez!) Good for them. So what else do you want?
No booze…so you have to drink before or after…but this is the kind of place you bring the kids and Grandma. There’s nothing wrong with that.
So when you get home from work and just want something not so fancy, give Thanos a try. Try it…you’ll like it!!
My rating: 3 meatballs
Thanos Family Restaurant
6820 Tippecanoe Road
Canfield, Ohio 44406