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October 2021, Best Of Cleveland, Cleveland Magazine

Featured Articles

Best Of Cleveland 2021: 50+ Editors' Picks For Best Bites, Bands, Products And More

Cleveland is vibrant, bold and beautiful. In celebration of our city's best and brightest, we've gathered more than 50 hot spots, edible creations, musical acts and pop-up experiences to help you live your best life in the CLE.

Food + Drink

3 Unexpected Air Fryer Suggestions From The Chef Of Kindred Spirits

Squash? Apple Pie?? Cookies??? Learn why these foods taste best air fried from Kindred Spirits' chef Dennis Dave.

5 Cleveland Gumbo Dishes That Have Us Dreaming Of the Big Easy

These tasty dishes bring a little slice of New Orleans' Mardi Gras to Northeast Ohio.

Best Things We Ate This Month: The Last Page, The Pasta Co-Op And More

The editors of Cleveland Magazine share the best local dishes they ate this month.

Birdigo Has Perfected The On-The-Go Dining Trend

From fried chicken to custard, this grab-and-go spot in Solon elevates quick dining.

Cleveland Chefs Share The Kitchen Tools They Can't Live Without

From mixers to pots, chefs from Twisted Taino, Sol, Kindred Spirit and more share how the right tools can push your cooking to the next level.

Expand Your Culinary Knowledge With Cleveland's Chase The Flavor Virtual Cooking Series

Amy Pappas spills the tea on what makes her virtual cooking series worth taking.

Noon Sharpening Shares Why It's Important To Sharpen Your Knives

The Cleveland-based knife sharpening service has all the answers to your cutting-edge questions.

The Haunted House Restaurant's Candyman Bowl Cocktail Is A Magical Potion

The ginormous cocktail served in a chalice is good, spooky fun for a Cleveland Heights restaurant steeped in horror iconography.

These Cleveland Smash Burgers Are The Real Deal

From Eugene to Heart of Gold and Lindey's Lake House, the smash burger trend is here to stay in Cleveland.

Whoa Dough Cookie Dough Is A Healthy On-The-Go Treat

Available online and at Heinen's, these vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free treats prove decadence doesn't have to be detrimental.

In the CLE

1956: Cinerama Makes Its Cleveland Debut

This Is Cinerama, a widescreen flick depicting American life, graced the screen at the Palace Theatre in 1956.

3 High School Football Games To Watch This Fall

From local rivalries to battles between cross-state foes, games from Mentor High School, Solon High School, St. Ignatius High School and more offer some of the best football in the country.

Cleveland Magazine Welcomes New Editor Colleen Smitek

The die-hard Clevelander began her career as a reporter for The Morning Journal before editing Cleveland Magazine and Lake Erie Living.

For Lake Catholic Head Coach Marty Gibbons, The Sky Is The Limit

Son of legendary Ohio high school coach John Gibbons, the Lake Catholic alum is looking to build on the Cougars' best season since 2001.

How Can Cuyahoga County Restaurateurs Convince Employees To Return To Work?

With many workers beginning to adjust their expectations for hospitality jobs, managers and bosses are dealing with an employee exodus.

How Cleveland's Workplaces Are Evolving

Hyland, Union Home Mortgage and BoxCast are among the area businesses beginning to rethink their work structure.

How Should We Police Cleveland?

As cries for police reform grow louder amid a rise in violent crime, we're left wondering what the future looks like for policing our city.

Swing For The Fences: Topgolf Live Turns Progressive Field Into A Driving Range

From Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, this event lets you shoot at targets in Progressive Field's outfield.


1984 Publishing's Book Shines A New Light On Shaun Of The Dead

You've Got Red On You, written by Entertainment Weekly's Clark Collis, features countless interviews with Shaun Of The Dead's cast and crew.

Alec Wightman's Life As A Music Fan and Promoter Is On Display In His New Book

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame board member has met his fair share of interesting people from the world of rock 'n' roll.

Bill Garvey Is Ready To Lead Cleveland's Next Film Renaissance

After working as a location scout for more than a decade, the New York City transplant took over as the new Greater Cleveland FIlm Commission president in September.

Broadway In Akron Kicks Off 2021 Season: Everything You Need To Know

The University of Akron theater series kicks off Oct. 8 at E.J. Thomas Hall with a stacked slate of performances.

Cleveland Play House Returns To In-Person Productions With "Where Did We Sit On The Bus?"

The one-person performance, running from Oct. 23 to Nov. 14, marks Cleveland Play House's return to live theater.

How Jess Byard Helped Make Cleveland Scary This Summer

The Akron-based producer worked on Baby Oopsie, a horror movie produced by Full Moon Features.

It's Ninja Time: South Euclid Native Competes On American Ninja Warrior Junior

South Euclid native Nathanael  “Ninja Nutin” Honvou returns to season 3 of American Ninja Warrior Junior today to defend his winning title.

At Home

3 Great Ways To Use Ohio's Fall Leaves In Your Home Design

We speak to an expert from Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District about three useful and fun ways to reuse your fallen autumn leaves this year.

How To Elevate Your Home Office For Productivity And Comfort

Cleveland experts give us fail-safe tips for choosing colors, layouts and more when designing your workspace at home. Plus, three furniture pieces from Northeast Ohio sellers.

This Inviting Peninsula Home Is Cohesive And Stylish

Designer Laura Yeager Smith and her team wanted to maximize elegance, comfort and practicality throughout this traditional-style home.


These Handmade Wreaths Will Have You Feeling Festive Year-Round

Owned by Karen Kish and her niece and nephew, KissWreath & Co. creates intricate wreaths that celebrate everything from Valentine's Day to game day.

Travel & Outdoors

3 Spots Along The Towpath Trail Where Cleveland's Beauty Shines

These spots are emblematic of the trail's 100-mile path of beauty and history.

Celebrate Sweetest Day At These Cleveland Locations

From B.A. Sweetie Candy Co. to Mapleside Farms, these local spots are the perfect place to take your sweetie.

Watch The Leaves Change This Fall At Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Bask in the fall color palette at the national park's Ledges Overlook, where you can look for miles over the tree canopy.


Now Trending: How Northeast Ohio Schools Are Embracing TikTok As A Learning Tool

From clubs to student-run marketing videos, area schools such as Lake Catholic and Magnificat are embracing the magic of the For You page.

What Hybrid Learning Taught Northeast Ohio Schools

While hybrid learning isn't being used as prevalently as last year, area lesson plans are filled with knowledge gathered from the experience.