Stories on all sorts of topics have filled Cleveland Magazine's pages and appeared on our website in 2023. Here are the articles that got the most readership and attention.
1. Cleveland’s 34 Best Restaurants of 2023
It’s not a surprise that our annual Best Restaurants feature is our best-read story of the year, almost every year — Cleveland’s dining scene is mouthwatering and always worth reading about. But which restaurant was named the No. 1 spot? You’ll have to find out.
2. Step Inside the Cargill Salt Mines Under Lake Erie
We took readers more than 1,000 feet below the surface to visit a significant and often unseen industry in Cleveland: the Cargill Salt Mines. The 16-square-mile mines haul up more than 10,000 pounds of salt every day.
3. 2023 Cleveland Fish Fry Guide
Who doesn’t love a good old Northeast Ohio fish fry? We kept up the Cleveland Magazine tradition of gathering hundreds of local church and nonprofit fish fry events in our interactive map. Readers made use of it throughout the Lenten season.
4. Unique Underwater Creatures That Call Lake Erie Home
Jellyfish … sponges … shrimp … lampreys — you’d be surprised about what lurks under the surface of Cleveland’s Great Lake. This summer, we met some of the strangest critters that live in Lake Erie.
5. Spotted Lanternflies Are All Over Cleveland: Here’s What To Know About the Invasive Bug
If you haven’t seen a spotted lanternfly yet, you probably will soon. This story looked at the implications of the invasive insect, why it’s here in the first place and what to do if you see one.
6. The Scott Wolstein Estate in Hunting Valley Combines History and Luxury
The Ravencrest estate in Hunting Valley hit the market early this year at $15 million. Why the high price tag? The sprawling property holds an eight-car garage, a movie theater, a wine cellar, a gym, an indoor sports court, a rock climbing wall and much more.
7. Best Places to Live: Cleveland's Top 20 Suburbs of 2023
The June issue of Cleveland Magazine highlighted what stands out about many of Cleveland’s suburbs, and the neighborhoods within the city. The annual Best Places to Live package named Pepper Pike at the top of our list.
8. Dining Guide: Cleveland’s Best Brunches
Cleveland’s a total brunch city — and that breakfast-lunch hybrid can be found at some of the region’s best restaurants.
9. Summer Patios: Cleveland's 28 Best Spots to Eat and Drink Outside
Diners want to get outside in Northeast Ohio’s fleeting summer months — and our guide to the best patios is a one-stop shop for the best outdoor dining options in the area.
10. New Restaurant Bringing Korean BBQ and Hot Pot to Coventry Village
Despite facing historic vacancy rates, Cleveland Heights’ Coventry neighborhood has consistently welcomed anticipated concepts and awaits a new hot pot and Korean BBQ restaurant.
11. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are Everlasting in Cleveland: Review
Editor Dillon Stewart recounted one of this year’s biggest concerts in Cleveland with a heartfelt review.
12. Celebrating the Sacred Art of the Cleveland Fish Fry
Cleveland is a city that loves its old-school fish fry dinners — this story served as an appreciation of the annual dining tradition.
13. Dining Guide: Chagrin Falls' 22 Best Restaurants
The idyllic suburb of Chagrin Falls hosts a waterfall, community events and, it turns out, plenty of amazing restaurants. We explored the city and its many dining enclaves for this guide to the best bites and sips in town.
14. 101 Dishes to Try Before You Die: The Ultimate Cleveland Foodie Bucket List
Looking for an introduction to Cleveland’s dining scene? You’ve found it. In February, we put together the ultimate menu for Northeast Ohio’s eats, highlighting the iconic dishes, drinks, snacks and more that make the local foodie world so delectable.
15. The Geek Peek Becomes Old Brooklyn’s New Nerdy Haven
Old Brooklyn saw some new development this year, and one of the highlights was the opening of this locally owned store, selling games, antiques, figurines, music, books and more — aiming to be a neighborhood hangout for teens. (Also: Keep an eye out for a new Lekko coffee shop, coming soon to the space next door to the Geek Peek.)