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Food + Drink

Serenite Feeds The Soul

From the creators of Edwins, the Medina restaurant offers refuge and development to those fighting substance abuse and addiction. 

27 Best Cleveland Bakeries

Knead more kolacky, nut rolls and sourdough in your life? We're fans of local bakeries — some that use Old World techniques and others that roll out modern, inventive baked goods. Any way you slice it, these 30 spots rise above.

4 Food Murals We Love

Cleveland Bagel Co., Balance Grille, Market Garden Brewery and Mason's Creamery serve up a side of artistic pleasure. 

5 Sunday Menus To Elevate Your Tailgate

Win or lose, we still chow down at Thirsty Dog, The Burnham, Collision Bend and more.

5 Turkey Techniques To Spice Up Thanksgiving

Chefs from Soho Chicken & Whiskey, Salt and more help us turn the bird into a meat masterpiece.

Best Bakeries: Baraona's Bakery

Seventy years of Italian baking results in perfectly passed down cassata cakes and more in Maple Heights.

Best Bakeries: Becker's Donuts, Bakery and Cakes

The Fairview Park pastry shop has been perfecting its bake since 1946. 

Best Bakeries: Blackbird Baking Co.

The modern Lakewood bakery offers a neighborhood-favorite happy hour.

Best Bakeries: Bloom Bakery

Downtown's Public Square bakery is breaking down barriers for disadvantaged and low-income adults.

Best Bakeries: Breadsmith

Lakewood's bread spot transforms you to Paris.

Best Bakeries: Brimfield Bread Oven

The wood-fired oven in Brimfield spits out pretzels, chocolate chip cookies and other German delights.

Best Bakeries: Corbo's Bakery

The Italian bread and dessert store has been a Cleveland classic since 1953. 

Best Bakeries: Dick's Bakery

All nighters in Berea cook up danishes, coffee cakes and more at this bakery, which has been open since 1953.

Best Bakeries: Farakas Pastry Shoppe

Ohio City's Lorain Avenue is home to one of Cleveland's most traditional Hungarian bakery.

Best Bakeries: Floressa Cafe

The Ohio City bakery has a passion for gluten-free and vegan-inspired treats.

Best Bakeries: Fluffy Duck Cafe

The Chester Avenue shop is a croissant-focused spot from a veteran chef.

Best Bakeries: Fragapane Bakeries

The Bay Village and North Olmsted bakery is as cosmopolitan as it gets. 

Best Bakeries: Great Lakes Baking Co.

The owners of this Hudson shop set aside a business and legal careers for a tastier practice. 

Best Bakeries: Great Scott's Bakery & Coffee Co.

Brunswick's dough spot offers scones, cookies, pepperoni rolls and more.

Best Bakeries: Honey Bee Bakery

This Medina spot offers plenty of vegan options and a whole lot more. 

Best Bakeries: Kathy's Kolacke and Pastry Shop

The Rocky River shop features a multi-generational, hand-me-down kolacky recipe.

Best Bakeries: Kelsey Elizabeth Sweets Boutique

Some of these Rocky River treats are too cute to pass up. 

Best Bakeries: Kiedrowski's Bakery

Known for the snoogle, the Amherst confectionery does so much more.

Best Bakeries: Koko Bakery

AsiaTown's vendor of Chinese doughnuts and sweet and savory buns serves as a community center.

Best Bakeries: Lucy's Sweet Surrender

In Shaker Heights, residents and visitors submit to the sweets of this 61-year-old shop.

Best Bakeries: Luna Bakery & Cafe

Cleveland Heights' hip bakery has attracted legions of fans, especially with its herb scones and pots de creme. 

Best Bakeries: Michael Angelo's Bakery

Broadview Heights' corner bakery does it all. 

Best Bakeries: On The Rise Artisan Breads

In Cleveland Heights, one confectionery is pushing the baking game forward.

Best Bakeries: Presti's Bakery & Cafe

The Little Italy staple has staples of its own, including the sour cream-based doughnut and the holy cannoli.

Best Bakeries: Rito's Italian Bakery & Deli

Brunswick's two-story shop is a megabakery that's been featured on the Food Network.

Best Bakeries: Rudy's Strudel and Bakery

The Polish Village bakery in Parma is blazing a new trail without forgetting its immigrant past.

Best Bakeries: Samosky's Home Bakery

Traditional Eastern European baking will never die if this Pearl Road shop has anything to say about it. 

Best Bakeries: Stan's Northfield Bakery

Northfield's family-owned bakery is proof that wisdom is passed down through generations.

Best Bakeries: Theresa's Bakery

Owner Sabrina Caitlin is carrying on a legacy started by her mother, who founded the bakery and created the treats that made its name. 

Best Bakeries: Zoss The Swiss Baker

This Cleveland Heights classic is as no-nonsense as a Swiss watch.

Cleveland Restaurant Week: 3 Courses From Lopez on Lee

The Cleveland Heights eatery is among 40 Cleveland Independents restaurants offering three-course prix fixe menus.

Editor's Note: Archie's Keeps Hough Bakery Bloodline Alive

Keeping a bakery going is harder than ever, but beloved makers of Old World treats such as Archie's Lakeshore Bakery let tradition and passion drive them. 

Fall In Love With Brunch Again At Hi And Dry

Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky brings South Side's Sunday expertise to the game bar.

Find Your Turkey At These Three Local Farms

Simplify your hunt at Bowman & Landes, Miller Livestock or Tim's Turkey.

Las Tienditas del Mercado Highlights Latino-Owned Businesses

The new business and restaurant incubator on Clark-Fulton is kickstarting Latino-owned companies.

NuJoy Brings Slurp-Worthy Noodles To Uptown

The new Chinese-American restaurant lives in the former home of Ninja City.

Why The Michelin Guide Skips Cleveland

Michelin-starred chef Dante Boccuzzi thinks the fine dining bible is right for skipping Cleveland.

In the CLE

1970: Jane Fonda Arrives In Handcuffs

The Hollywood star was arrested in Cleveland while protesting the Vietnam War.

A Gardener Grows Contentious With A Majestic Nuisance

Once nearly wiped out by hunting and deforestation, deer are now as abundant as squirrels — albeit more annoying. 

Looking Back: Cleveland Greyhound Station's Groundbreaking Debut

The station, which revolutionized travel with all the amenities of a modern airport hub, turned 70 years old this year.

Old Soul Sign Co.'s Hand-Painted Signage Is Retro Gold

Old Soul Sign Co.'s Hand-Painted Signage Is Retro Gold

Sweetie Ties: Inside the Renovation of a Historic Bentleyville Property

After purchasing the property of a beloved resident, a Bentleyville family preserved her legacy while building their Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired dream home. By Lynne Thompson

The Ministry of Wayne Dawson

The longtime Fox 8 news anchor has attracted a legion of fans with his enthusiasm, compassion and humor. Now he's preaching to a new flock as pastor of Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church.

What Keeps Young Professionals In Cleveland?

Engage Cleveland's inaugural State of the Young Professionals Community Survey shows what's keeping some young professionals here and what could potentially drive them away.

Why You Should Escape From The Noise

Finding a quiet place is healthy but increasingly difficult in a fast-paced modern world.


Common Room Theater Show Blends Tech And Humor

In its debut show, Pop Cleveland, the sketch comedy troupe asks for smart phone-enabled audience interaction.

Elton John Shines Bright

The piano player's famous coat is on display at the Rock Hall ahead of his Nov. 3 show at The Q.

Reckoning Day: Can 'Serial' Spark Reform?

The creators of Serial discuss whether national attention is enough to bring real change to Cuyahoga County's criminal justice system.

Steven Caple Jr. Steps Into The Ring for 'Creed II'

The director talks about Michael B. Jordan, Rocky's legacy and more.

'Sweat' Depicts Blue Collar Struggles

Playing at Oucalt Theater, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama examines the precursor and aftermath of the 2008 economic collapse.

The Choir Releases 'Artifact' After 50 Years

The Cleveland band reunites for two shows at the Beachland Ballroom after finally releasing its lost 10-track, 1969 album. 

'Who Killed Amy Mihaljevic?' Podcast Hopes To Find Out

We look at the four clues laid out in the new podcast created by independent journalist Bill Huffman.

At Home

5 Tips For Organizing Your Garage

Local pros shows us how to tackle your biggest cleaning nightmare.

Go Inside A Nelson Township Barn's Modern Makeover

Classic Homes of Ohio in Aurora gave the classic structure an 18-month renovation.

Luxe Suites Suit Adult Gap Years

As residential gap years increase in popularity, new apartment options such as the Upstairs at Van Aken fill the need.


Britash: Mentor's One-Stop Makeup, Clothing Shop

The boutique took over a renovated dive bar on Mentor Avenue this year.

Holiday Shopping: 3 Cleveland Maker Markets

Knock out your holiday shopping list at these local bazaars.

Kevin Love's 3 Favorite Pieces

The Cavs forward breaks down the Xs and Os of his new Banana Republic clothing line. 

Travel & Outdoors

Date Night: Spread the Love at Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Build a stronger bond this month by giving back to those in need.


Ask The Experts: Advance Care Planning

Dr. Beth McLaughlin, chief medical officer at Hospice of the Western Reserve, tells us what it is and why it's important.

Ask The Experts: How to Choose A Facility

Allison Salopeck, president and CEO of Jennings, shares tips to know when choosing an assisted living facility.

Ask The Experts: Importance of Independence

Phillip Coury, vice president of Generations Senior Living, says assisted living can actually produce more independence.

Ask The Experts: Role Of Arts In Retirement Living

Cathy Bryan, coordinator of creative arts and art therapy at Judson, says art actives certain parts of the brain.

Retirement Communities Elevate The Plate

Senior living communities such as Radius in South Franklin Circle and Danbury Senior Living in Broadview Heights offer a fine-dining experience.