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May 2017

Featured Articles

Best New Restaurant 2017: The Plum Cafe & Kitchen

Its laid-back vibes, unusual dishes and a passion for being a true seasonal restaurant, make it our new fave.

Food + Drink

5 Golf Course Restaurants to Swing By

Hit the fairways and then one of these spots for a meal.

A Dish We Love: Borscht

Slurp up this boldly hued tomato soup from Sterle's Country House.

Bar Methods

Our favorite booze-first spots are crafting better bar food menus.

Best New Restaurant 2017: The Plum Cafe & Kitchen

Its laid-back vibes, unusual dishes and a passion for being a true seasonal restaurant, make it our new fave.

Campaign Tastes: Politics Collides with Our Culinary Scene

Three other chefs we think could cut it in the mayor's office.

Celebrate the No. 1 Woman In Your Life

Our guide to making this year's Mother's Day a MOMentous occasion.

Cooking Class: Ange Lupica

The Great Scott head baker creates sweet and savory confections.

Cooking Class: Jamie Simpson

The Culinary Vegetable Institute chef educates us on where our food comes from.

Cooking Class: Thomas Schrenk

Bar Cento's new executive chef brings a worldly approach to the kitchen.

Cooking Class: William Burke

Come to the Smith for the executive chef's Sunday suppers and barbecue.

Don't Count Tremont Out

Despite a few setbacks, the dining district is still filled with plenty of places to eat.

Gone Too Soon: An Ode To Arcadian

Remembering our short-lived time at the Gordon Square restaurant.

Hot Plate: Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar's Salmon En Hoja

Chef and owner Zack Hirt uses corn husks to produce a tender salmon entree.

Hot Plate: Salt's Kimchi Mussels

Chef and co-owner Jill Vedaa uses the fermented mixture to add some funk to the shellfish dish.

Hot Plate: Thai Thai's Som Tum

Owner Kiwi Wongpeng brings Thailand's street food to Cleveland.

Hot Plate: The Burnham's Philly Cheesesteak Bowl

Chef de cuisine Justin Ofandiski updates a street-corner favorite. 

Ingredient Obsessions: Chefs Spill All

Three local chefs tell us what they love cooking with right now.

Laid-Back Attitudes: Chefs React

Three local chefs sound off on our city's casual approach to dining out.

Pancakes, Waffles and More: Scratch Has It All

When all you crave is a home-cooked meal, come here for a forkful of comfort.

Pierogies + Tacos? Yes, Please!

Why Old City Libations' pierogi tacos are our latest obsessions.

Silver Spoon Winners 2017

As selected by Cleveland Magazine readers

Smoke Signals: Tracking the Slow Burn of Barbecue

Like a rack of ribs patiently slow cooking, Cleveland's barbecue scene has taken a while to get up to temperature.

The Proper Pig Smokehouse Goes Whole Hog On Barbecue

The Lakewood spot puts their own special rub on smokin' hot style of cooking.

Then and Now: Our Favorite Restaurants

You've been voting for your favorite spots for 35 years.

Trendspotting: Alternative Cuts

Local butcher shop share the cuts of meat you won't find at the supermarket.

Trendspotting: Brewery Food

Local breweries are tapping into menus with elevated eats that pair well with beer.

Trendspotting: Fast-Casual Restaurants

Local quick-service spots are rapidly popping up to cater to our always-on-the-go lifestyle.

Trendspotting: Seafood-in-a-Bag Spots

Dive into one of these new restaurants for an ocean's worth of flavor.

Where Have All The Treats Gone?

One big drawback of our casual dining approach is the lack of fancy desserts.

In the CLE

1928: Crowds Gather to Glimpse a Tragedy

While building a railroad bridge over the Cuyahoga River, one workman took a fatal tumble.

Fighting Infant Mortality Requires a Neighborhood Approach

To tackle infant mortality, we must look to the neighborhoods hit hardest.

Gear Up For The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

We've got the scoop on what to wear and how to stay hydrated.

Here's How We've Been Using UH Bikes

Turns out they're for more than just tourists and sightseeing. 

More Than Just Fruit Snacks: The Story Behind Peaceful Fruits

The Akron-based company employs people with disabilities and imports acai from Amazonian farmers.

Power Play

After falling just short in Game 7 of the World Series, the Cleveland Indians swung for the fences in the offseason and signed prized free agent Edwin Encarnacion to the largest contract in franchise history. Can the Dominican-born slugger be what it takes to finally bring home the team’s first title since 1948?

President Trump's Travel Bans Have International Students Stumped

The restrictions have put family visits, graduation festivities and more into question.

Protesting Is As Important As Ever: Victim Alan Canfora on the Kent State Shooting

Just ask Alan Canfora, who was shot in the wrist at Kent State University May 4, 1970. 

Swim Lessons

A few laps in the pool provides a wave of insights.

Table Settings

With our dining scene's more comfortable appeal, the candlelights seem to be flickering on fine dining. 

Terrell Pruitt's Hustle Puts Us To Shame

The Cleveland city councilman pulls double duty as an elected official and captain in the Ohio Army National Guard.

Very CLE Gifts For Your College Grad

You can't give them a job, so give them some swag.

We Run This City

The Cleveland Marathon hits a milestone May 21 as we hit the pavement with someone running in it.

'What Happened to My Mother?'

In 2013, Aliza Sherman was murdered downtown in broad daylight before a meeting with her divorce lawyer. Four years later, the case remains unsolved, but her family and friends continue to search for answers and seek justice for their loss.


A 19th-century Opera Comes Alive with a Dreamlike Glass Box

The Cleveland Orchestra performs a memorizing production of Pelleas and Melisande.

A Storm Forces Women to Confront Their Past in Play

George Brant's Salvage raises the stakes for women trying to save their memories in Akron show.

Eddie George Razzle Dazzles ‘Em in Chicago

The former NFL star is jazzed to reprise his Broadway role of Billy Flynn.

More Than Just Fruit Snacks: The Story Behind Peaceful Fruits

The Akron-based company employs people with disabilities and imports acai from Amazonian farmers.

What We're Listening to This Month

From big Cleveland soul to haunting vibes, here are a few new releases we have on repeat.


Get Lost In Trunk Collective’s Hip Threads

The Gordon Square Arts District secondhand clothing shop makes outfit hunting a good deal. 

Give Yourself a Little Buff and Polish

Sacred Hour's Steam & Scrub Bungalow is our favorite way to spring clean.


Blending Old and Young

Intergenerational relationships could be the ticket to happiness, better health and successful aging.