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December 2008

Food + Drink

(good eats) Sugarcoated

(New Arrival) Saddle Up

(New Arrival) Worldly Fare

(Quick Bite) Seven Days of Sushi

Academy Tavern

Beer Supply

Beer Ye. Beer Ye

Brew it yourself

 We create the official Cleveland Magazine beer.

Buckeye Beer Engine


Chef Boyardee Was Here

Cleveland ChopHouse & Brewery/the Rock Bottom Brewery

Cleveland's Best Beer Joints

CornerStone Brewing Co.

Cult of the Holiday Brew

 ‘Christmas Ale!’ demand the thirsty hordes who descend upon Great Lakes Brewing Co., and any local store with a cooler, in their annual search for cinnamon-spiced winter bliss.

Danny's Deli

Ferris Steak House

Frank Sterle's Slovenian Country House

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Guarino's Restaurant

Head of the Glass

Hot Sauce Williams

How To | Open a beer without an opener

How To | Pour a Beer

How To: Make Chicken Broth from Scratch

To go with Sandy Zelman’s matzo ball recipe, featured in the Dec. 2009 issue of Cleveland Magazine

Kiefer's Restaurant

The old sign still hangs outside this Ohio City landmark that served an unforgettable Wiener schnitzel and provided its patrons a place to reconnect with the old neighborhood.

Matzo Balls

Miller's Dining Room

Admit it, those sticky buns on those silver trays are what you miss most about this Lakewood restaurant.

More Pierogi Fillings

St. Andrew Ukranian Catholic church in Parma produces pierogi by the hundreds of dozens. After sharing the secret of its potato-filled pierogi in our December feature story about classic Cleveland eats, the church also told us how to produce some of its o

New York State of Mind


Otto Moser's Restaurant


Presidential Seal of Approval

Raising the Glass: Wine Bar Rocky River

Ringneck Brewing Co.

Rocky River Brewing Co.

Slyman's Restaurant

Soda Bread

Sokolowski's University Inn

Steve's Lunch

Stuffed Cabbage

Tail of Two Australias

Down Under Tries to Kick Kangaroo Label

The Brew Keeper

The Family Speakeasy

Skee ball, a G-man, Erin Brew —if only the joint were still around

The Flat Iron Café

The Lizard King - 100 Beers In 17 Days

The Oktobeer Games

The Cleveland Magazine drinking team writes a cornhole Cinderella story.

The Rant - Do women need fruit to drink beer? No!

The Silver Grille

Hused inside Higbee’s, the Silver Grille was a holiday-season dining destination that grew into a Cleveland icon.
Today, nearly two decades after closing its doors, former patrons still talk about the Welsh rarebit on its menu.

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.

Top of the Town

There was a time when men always wore suits and sauerkraut balls were considered a fancy appetizer.
touffer’s Top of the Town was born of this era and became a downtown dining icon that lasted more than three decades.

Tried & True: Johnny's Bar

Willoughby Brewing Co.

In the CLE

Airy Christmas

Fifty inflatables will adorn the Onofrey family’s home this year.

And Another Thing

Building A 65-pound gingerbread house

Dentist John Learner has built seven ultimate gingerbread houses for the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s annual contest. This year’s project was his most ambitious: a replica of St. Ignatius High School’s main building.

Classic Talk

Fund, Fun, Fund

Golden Rule


Life According to 'Big Chuck'

Memories in a Can

New Lease on Ice

Olympic Dreams

With skating championships coming to town, our writer returns to the rink and recalls a childhood spent on the ice.

Steel Support

Why is the house where Superman was born not a well-known Cleveland landmark? Author Brad Meltzer wondered the same thing. Then, he helped make sure Jerry Siegel’s childhood home will be preserved for future comic book fans.


A Sketchy Evening

Mood Music

Jim Brickman has sold millions of CDs, sang a duet with Kermit the Frog and toured with Donny Osmond. This month, the Shaker Heights native comes home for a Dec. 26 holiday concert at Severance Hall.

Rhyme & Reason

From social injustice to childhood memories, Cleveland Heights’ poets laureate share their thought-provoking works in a new athology.

Setting the Scene

The Bright Side

An unconventional Christmas album and a film debut show a different side of Sarah.

The Write Stuff

Inspired by everything from Lake Erie to the Grand Canyon, Cleveland Heights’ poets laureate Meredith Holmes, Mary Weems and Loren Weiss share some of their poems included in the new anthology Awake at the End.

TV Watch


[Finder's Glee]

An Eye for Fashion

Susan Scaparotti gives a personal touch to her red i jewelry line


Exercise, the Right Way

Retirement: It's not just a fairy tale

Sure the economy’s Grimm. But that doesn’t mean you can’t live happily ever after.  Follow our experts’ advice, and all your retirement dreams could come true.

Stay Active for Life

Stay Fit as a Family

Words to Live By - The Best Things to Eat (on a Budget)

With a new year on the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about committing to a healthier 2009. (And if you’re anything like us, you could probably use a little inspiration.) So we turned to our medical community and asked leading minds i

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