JACKSON TWP. – Several area restaurants are ready to serve those looking for a hot meal and some good company on Christmas day.
That includes Country Pride at the TA Travel Center, 4450 Portage St. NW in Jackson Township, which will open at 11 a.m. and offer an all-you-can-eat Christmas meal for $17.99. That includes dessert.
Erica Walker, a server at Country Pride, said holidays are some of the restaurant's busiest times of the year with customers being a mixture of local regulars and truck drivers passing through Stark County.
"We've had people come year after year," she said.
The travel center is off Interstate 77 exit at Portage Street.
Walker said the restaurant does not take reservations but most diners will not have to wait terribly long for a seat.
"We flip tables pretty darn quick. You'd definitely get a seat," she said.
The all-you-can-eat menu will include turkey, ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, salad and more.
"Honestly, it's the best meal around," Walker said.
Walker, who has worked for Country Pride for 10 years, said all servers work shortened holiday shifts.
"Ideally, you want to be home with your family but usually people compensate pretty well," Walker said.
A little further south on I-77, the Pilot Travel Center on Faircrest Street SW in Canton Township will be opened with fried foods and sandwiches on Christmas Day.
Here's a partial list of other Stark County area restaurants open on Christmas Day.
A1 Japan Steakhouse at 4770 Dressler Rd. NW in Jackson Township; open 12 to 9:30 p.m.
Chopstix at 8001 Hills and Dales Rd NW in Massillon; open 12 to 9 p.m.
Flanagan's Pub of Canton at 1316 Navarre Road SW in Canton; open 3 p.m. to close for Browns and free food for members only. Always looking for new members.
Hang Yuen Kitchen at 1664 N. Main St. (#20) in North Canton; open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Jasmine Asian Bistro at 1122 30th St. NW in Canton; open 12 to 9 p.m.
Jasmine at Belden at 4695 Dressler Road NW in Jackson Township; open 12 to 9 p.m.
J's Iron Wok at 4230 Portage St. NW in Jackson Township; open 4 to 8 p.m.
Lucky Star Express at 1973 E Maple St. in North Canton; open noon to 7 p.m.
Nathan's Patio at 725 30th St NE in Canton; open at 4 pm. Ham dinners along with full regular menu.
Panda Garden at 526 S Union Ave. in Alliance; open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dave and Buster's at 4110 Belden Village Mall Circle NW in Jackson Township; open 6 p.m. -12 a.m.
Denny's at 4646 Tuscarawas St W in Perry Township; open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. After 11 p.m., carry-out only will be available.
IHOP in Jackson Township, Massillon and Akron open 24 hours.
Brick House Tavern & Tap at 581 Howe Ave. in Cuyahoga Falls; open 4 p.m. to midnight.
Eagle Family Restaurant and Travel Plaza at 217 16th St. SW in New Philadelphia (near I-77); open 6 a.m. for breakfast and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for buffet.
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