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February 2017

Food + Drink

3 Suprising Aphrodisiacs

Our #currentmood is looking up thanks to these ingredients.

5 Spots to Take Comfort In

Dive into nostalgic dishes at these comfort food restaurants

Bistro 185's New Owner Talks Changes, Inspiration and More

Chef Ryan Kaston bought the popular Collinwood restaurant in October. 

Bring the Heat: Cook Up A Romantic Valentine's Day Meal

Local chefs show us how to impress your loved ones with your cooking skills.

Cheap Eats

We’ve got the best budget-friendly burger spots, barbecue joints, sandwich shops and ethnic restaurants where you can dine for $12 or less a person.

Cheap Eats: Aladdin's Baking Co.

Nab hearty Middle Eastern eats at this Carnegie Avenue spot.

Cheap Eats: Banter Beer and Wine

The spot’s Rabbit Pot Pie poutine is the hearty meal we’d expect from our friends up north.

Cheap Eats: Beet Jar Juice Bar

Avocado toast gets elevated from snack to meal with the Hingetown hipster hangout’s Bravocado sandwich.

Cheap Eats: Big Al's Diner

The Larchmere diner serves up old-school favorites.

Cheap Eats: Bo Loong

Ridiculous quantities of food at an affordable price makes this Chinese restaurant a cheap eat all-star.

Cheap Eats: Bogtrotters Doorstep

The Ohio City spot churns out mammoth sammies.

Cheap Eats: Bratenahl Kitchen

The smell of Jamaican zest will draw you into this Lakeshore Boulevard spot.

Cheap Eats: Chow Chow Kitchen

Hop on the trend and give hot chicken a try.

Cheap Eats: Downtown’s Bargain Bites

We went in search of downtown's cheapest eats for those rock-bottom days leading up to payday.

Cheap Eats: Fast Eddie's Kitchen & Bar

The Parma spot mixes it up with modern takes at diner classic prices.

Cheap Eats: Fine-dining Happy Hours

Find great deals all weeklong at some of our favorite fine-dining restaurants thanks to these happy hours.

Cheap Eats: Happy Dog

The $6 hot dogs are good. The 50 free toppings are great.

Cheap Eats: Hot Sauce Williams

The Cleveland institution’s take on a classic sandwich has us singing its praises.

Cheap Eats: Jukebox

Find a highly curated menu of sausages, kraut and house-made pierogies at this hip Hingetown bar.

Cheap Eats: Kenko

Build-your-own sushi rules this University Circle fast-casual restaurant.

Cheap Eats: Larb

This hidden gem in Brunswick offers plenty of must-try Thai dishes.

Cheap Eats: Li Wah

Have a little bit of everything with the Chinese restaurant’s dim sum menu.

Cheap Eats: Little Polish Diner

Taste all of Poland on one plate at this Parma restaurant.

Cheap Eats: Luchita’s Mexican Restaurant

Affordable burritos, tacos and more rule the menu at this West Side restaurant.

Cheap Eats: Mama Santa's

You won't leave hungry at this popular Little Italy restaurant where the tasty portions are generous.

Cheap Eats: Meal Deals

Five local chefs show us how to eat all day #inthe CLE with only $40.

Cheap Eats: Ocho Rios True Island Cuisine

The South Collinwood spot’s authentic Jamaican food is enough to whisk us away.

Cheap Eats: Pho Ha Nam

You'll find the best Vietnamese deal in town here.

Cheap Eats: Presti's Bakery

Don't just indulge in the sweet life here, find plenty of savory Italian favorites too.

Cheap Eats: Proper Pig Smokehouse

You'll get your money's worth at this barbecue joint.

Cheap Eats: Prosperity Social Club

The $9 Tavern Cheeseburger with hand-cut fries makes up one happy meal.

Cheap Eats: Pupuseria La Bendicion

The casual West Side joint’s serves up corny pockets of deliciousness for less then $2 each.

Cheap Eats: Ray's Place

The college hangout is full of gut-busting burgers and more.

Cheap Eats: Rebol

Spend your lunch hour enjoying the new Public Square at this downtown restaurant.

Cheap Eats: Simply Greek

Conquer the Titan at this family-owned restaurant

Cheap Eats: Stevenson's Bar and Grill

This blue-collar restaurants provides a menu of filling old-school favorites.

Cheap Eats: Tacos We Love

In our world every day would be Taco Tuesday.

Cheap Eats: Taste of Kerala

Owner Anil Kumar learned recipes and techniques from his grandmother.

Cheap Eats: West Side Market Cafe

Get a taste of the market's fresh ingredients at this Ohio City hot spot.

Cheap Eats: Wing Nights

Get the best bang for your cluck at these six wing nights. 

Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Makes Waves

Chef Zack Hirt's experimental approach to modern Mexican food has turned a once-forgotten part of the lakefront into one of the city's new hot spots.

Tremont's Ushabu Lets You Be Your Own Chef

Get familiar with shabu-shabu, a traditional Japanese cooking method.

What Do Women Want? These Pretty Chocolates, Please

Sweet Bean's small-batch chocolates make the perfect Valentine's Day gift.

White House Chef Takes On Cleveland’s Culinary Scene

Sam Morgante shares presidential culinary secrets.

In the CLE

1956: Shriners Pranked Downtown

The merry Mason pranksters took over Cleveland for a weekend

Care Package

Our childhood toys sparked imagination, connections to other kids and so much more.

Cleveland Should Embrace Civic Tech

But without City Hall support, it could fizzle just as the movement is taking off.

Ditch the Yellow Pages Cause Amazon’s Got You Covered

The site’s home services feature puts us in touch with local contractors for everything from plumbing to electrical work and house cleaning. 

Feast on this Delicious Idea for Public Discourse

The City Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Dinner Club are breaking bread to take on important topics at the dinner table.

Life According to Tom Beres

The former WKYC reporter shares what he’s learned after 37 years of covering politics. 

Love, Murder and Mystery is On Track This Month

Catch Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's trio of themed events.

Misshapen Potatoes, Scratched Zucchinis and More Find a Home

Perfectly Imperfect Produce makes blemished produce available to more people.

Our Spirit Animals

In honor of this month's Care Bears story, Cleveland Magazine staffers picked the characters they most identify with.

The Bear Truth

Thirty-five years ago, American Greetings unveiled its best-selling characters ever. But creating the Care Bears wasn’t all rainbows and funshine. Here’s their story, which began with a simple idea: Put a heart on a bear’s chest.

The Common Tongue

Language can unite us al if we take the time to listen.

Three Reasons the Tribe are Fueling our Spring Fever

From World Series rematches to players to watch, we're hot for the Cleveland Indians' return to Arizona.

What's Up with the West Side Market?

From parking woes to stand closures, we get help making sense of the issues.


A New Ohio City Mural Paints a Community of Togetherness

Brazilian native Ananda Nahu's 620-foot-long piece of art pay tribute to local residents.

An Asian Dance Ritual Ushers In the Lunar New Year

Kwan Family Lion Dance has been performing during the Chinese holiday for 30 years.

Chagrin Falls native Casey Cott stars in Archie Comics Reboot

The CW's Riverdale series premieres Jan. 26. 

Cheer Up for Beck Center’s Bring it On: The Musical

The Lin-Manuel Miranda co-written musical oozes with pep and pop music.

Turney Duff Helps Billions Keep Its Wall Street Cred

After losing it big as a hedge fund trader, the Cleveland native now consults on the Showtime drama.

Warm Up With Our Favorite Winter Festivals

Music, myths and mulled wine to melt away those winter blues.


How to Build Your V-Day Bouquet

Lush & Lovely Floristry co-owners Brooke Witt and Brianna Jones step us through the flowery process.

Looks We Love: Why Kukuli Market's Handcrafted Peruvian Goods Can Brighten Up Any Home

Co-owner Brooke Kelsey makes it easy to add bohemian style and versatility to your home decors.

Two Sisters Have the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for You

Lush & Lovely doesn’t have a dozen roses for your sweetheart, but they do have artistic bouquets sure to wow.


Summer Camp Guide: Get Out and About

Summer vacation may be short, but camp season offers an entire landscape of opportunities for your kids.

Summer Camp Guide: Read This Before You Enroll

Four tips to help you whittle down choices and select the right camp for your kid.