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December 2012

Food + Drink

All-Star Eats

Beer Cheer

While we will never tire of Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Christmas Ale, these twists on the favorite holiday drink will keep you feeling jolly all season long.

Big Easy Does It

With a menu full of bright and fresh flavors, Jezebels Bayou delivers just the right amount of kick.

CLE Beer Sampler

It's been a long time since we've seen so much beer production here. If you want to drink in what the city (and suburbs) have to offer, start with our CLE sampler. 

Family Pies

Home Cooking

News Bites

Nouveau Neapolitan

Symon Says: Our Iron Chef ... in his own words

Between three signature restaurants, six burger joints, Iron Chef duties, The Chew tapings and a tour to promote his new book, Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers, Michael Symon's calendar was, to say the least, a little overbooked. Y

In the CLE


40 Reasons to Love Cleveland

40th Anniversary: The Reinvention of University Circle

Ever since our second issue in May 1972, we've been writing about University Circle's efforts to become "a place with people, with commerce, with culture, with education, with jobs." Cleveland's second downtown has been reshaped and transformed in the las

40th Anniversary: Viktor Schreckengost's Legacy of Design

Air Time: The voices and faces we've loved

Apocalypse Know-How

Austin Carr on ... Kyrie Irving

Carr was the first overall pick in the 1971 NBA draft and played for the Cavs until 1980. He is now a commentator for the team's telecasts.

'Backs to the Future

We've watched Brian, Bernie and so, so many others lead the Browns offense over the years. Keep it straight with our handy guide to the quarterbacks we've known since 1972. 

Bike Culture

Comic Nook

American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar is honored with an interactive tribute unlike anything we've seen before.

Daffy Dan Gray on ... The Cleveland T-shirt

Long before There was CLE Clothing, Fresh Brewed Tees or GV Art + Design, there was Daffy Dan — a longhaired, mustachioed dude who became the godfather of the Cleveland T-shirt. You can still swing by his shop at 2101 Superior Ave.

Downtown Dwellers

Fine Lines

Jeremy Smith's new Cleveland architecture coloring book makes you want to reach for a 64-count box of Crayolas.

Hanford Dixon on ... The Dawg Pound

Idea Man

Image Is Everything

Jimmy Haslam's Browns

Last Man Standing

After 14 years as Cuyahoga County prosecutor, Bill Mason stepped down this fall to enter private practice. He leaves behind a dual reputation as a tough lawman and a savvy machine politician. He helped usher in county reform. Yet as he left office, critic

Life According To ... Jim Tressel

Making a List ...

Market Memories

Mike Hargrove on ... The 1995 Indians

Hargrove, who won 721 games as manager of the Indians from 1991-1999, led the team to a 100-44 record in 1995 and the team's first World Series appearance since 1954. The Tribe clinched the division title with a 3-2 win against the Baltimore Orioles on Se

Ohio City

The intersection of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue is the epicenter of the city's coolest neighborhood, which bills itself as an artisanal food and drink destination. Our map is just a start. 

Our Downtown

Evidence of our industrial roots run up to the edge of downtown, where the Medical Mart, Horseshoe Casino and new apartments are reshaping the city's core. 

Our Gritty Past

Our Medical Might

Our Two-Newspaper Town

When the Cleveland Press printed its last edition in 1982, a little part of the city died, too. Maybe nobody knows this better than Dick Feagler, who worked at the Press before becoming part of our staff. He offered a lengthy obituary fo

Passing of Power

When Cleveland Magazine debuted in 1972, new leaders were stepping up to help an anxious city.

Retro Radio

Sound Effects

String Theory

Jon Hill's handiwork brings tangible craftsmanship to an acoustic art form.

Take Cover

Everything from group sex to the demise of the Cleveland Press to Paul Newman have graced our cover. Here are 20 of our most memorable moments in print. 

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Flats

In 1996, Cleveland was on a roll and the riverfront — particularly Shooters on the Water — was the place to revel during the city's bicentennial. The Flats' heyday has been over for more than a decade now. But this spring, the East Bank of the Flats will

The River Cleanup

The river fire may be the big joke, but it got the nation serious about the environment. Congressman Louis Stokes recalled the work that went into the Clean Water Act of 1972 for a story we wrote in 2009 marking the 40th anniversary of the fire.

Things We'd Rather Forget

Hindsight is 20-20 and all that, but it would be nice to get a do-over — or at least a Men In Black-style mind-erasing — when it comes to these memorable moments from the past 40 years. 


Voinovich and Forbes: The Era of Good Feelings


Authority Unknown

Drew Carey

In 1994, we traveled to Los Angeles to hang out with Cleveland's most famous comedic export since Bob Hope. Our profile ran 15 months before a little thing called The Drew Carey Show premiered on Sept. 13, 1995.

Heisman Prose

A new book reveals the incredible legacy of the man responsible for college football's most notable award.

Holiday Cheer

Gail Ghetia Bellamy delves deep into the ghosts of Cleveland Christmases past.

Holiday Heart

Michael and Patricia Heaton team up on a holiday movie for the Hallmark Channel.

John Gorman on ... Springsteen at the Agora

On Aug. 9, 1978, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band played the Agora in a performance broadcast live on WMMS. It has since become the most famous Springsteen bootleg of all time. The show was part of a free small-club tour Columbia Records hoped would

Male Bonding

On Location

Playhouse Square

Downtown's theater district is home to a cast of characters with stage presence. 

Situation Comedy


Branching Out

It's time to trim your Christmas tree with these fun and festive holiday decorations.

Fashion Squad

After years in Cleveland Heights, independent clothing store Brigade brings its unique brands to Beachwood Place.


Healthy Living: The Road to Recovery