I always enjoy reading your Best of Cleveland issue (October 2007). However, I suspect “best” is much like beauty — in the eye of the beholder. And whenever the best is based on a vote, what you end up with are the ones getting the most votes — just like other elections. And we all know how poor they are at judging real quality. I hereby vote for this as the “Best Letter” on the subject.
I just wanted to say thank you for putting JT’s Diner of Willoughby in your October issue. We all were very excited. We had no idea we were in there. Again, thank you for everything. That was a wonderful article.
Most of the time, I enjoy Cleveland Magazine. But when I got the recent copy of the Best of Cleveland, I was disappointed. The lady you chose as Best Local Celebrity Dinner Companion wouldn’t know a good dish if it bit her in the rear. Also, speaking as a professional inside the industry, I’m beginning to believe that you wouldn’t know how to spot a fabulous bartender if they were right in front of you. You chose someone from a little mom-and-pop Italian place in Parma! Ask them how to make a proper mojito or a perfect ice-crystaled martini, and I guarantee they don’t know what you’re talking about. Believe it or not, mixology is an art, and in Cleveland, there are only about 15 of us that practice that sacred art. Just thought I’d give you some food for thought.
Editor’s Note: The winners you mention were voted on by readers via ballots printed in the magazine and online. Our editors did, however, select everything from pages 136 to 155 and, as you can see, we’re always on the lookout for someone who can mix us up a tasty adult beverage. So watch for us where you practice your art.
We might surprise you.
A couple of years ago you wrote up Metropolis Popcorn as having the best popcorn in Cleveland. At the time, they were a new business located in Kent. They have relocated to Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls and they just held their grand opening of the new store. The store is awesome, and the unique popcorn flavors are unbelievable. “Puppy Chow” is my favorite. You may want to look at their popcorn again today to see how far they’ve come since your article. It was great foresight on the part of your staff.
Anonymous Voice Mail of the Month
This message was left for editor Steve Gleydura following a recent appearance on “Feagler & Friends”:
Maybe you should change the name of the magazine to Suburbia, because you seem to be touting the suburbs all the time. Cleveland Magazine should be showing how to better our neighborhoods. … And as for this new shopping center in Solon — how many shopping centers do we need? It’s our whole “experience,” as everybody calls it. It’s just shopping, shopping, shopping, shopping. The only thing is, every time you open new shops, you’re closing stores elsewhere. So it’s not solving anything, and I’m sick and tired of just being told to shop 24/7. Holidays included.
Congratulations on your article on Rob Frost as he tries to revive the much needed two-party system in Cleveland (“Pork Roast,” September 2007). I hope that the residents and leaders of our community consider the fine platform our party has put forth to improve Cleveland and this region. With complete Democratic control of City Council, the most overpaid and underperforming in the nation, three county commissioners and mayor, the record speaks for itself. The Soviet Union collapsed despite tremendous natural resources due to a greedy one-party system that parallels our city’s ongoing demise. I urge all to look at the new Republican platform that offers real solutions to benefit all in this area. Rob is working hard to evoke positive change in this region and your magazine is to be commended for the fine article regarding Rob and his efforts.