Chicago Tribune discovers Cleveland's dining scene

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If you ever had your doubts, now there’s proof that Cleveland cuisine ranks up there in the culinary world. Last week, The Chicago Tribune – unofficial motto: Covering the only city in the Midwest that matters -- deigned to write an entire article celebrating the Cleveland culinary scene. Of course, the paper couldn’t resist titling the article “Cleveland?!?: Former Mistake by the Lake is getting national attention as a hot new dining city.” But the writer did spend a weekend with culinary writer Michael Ruhlman. Together they toured Lola, Lolita, The Great Lake Brewing Company, and The Flying Fig. The reporter’s opinion: Cleveland “is not the culinary backwater that arrogant Chicagoans may assume.” The reporter particularly loved the “breathtakingly tender short ribs and crispy tempura green beans” at Flying Fig and the “handshaken drinks” at the Velvet Tango Room. This is not exactly news to any Clevelander. Unfortunately, Chicago is often behind the times… --Rebecca Meiser

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