If it was not for Lizardville, Ohio would have one tenth of the rare whiskies currently available. Cheers to Lizardville for getting Pappy and sharing it with the public at a reasonable price. The alternative is 30 bottles or less of Pappy come into Ohio and Minotti's or whoever sells them to one of their wealthy retail regulars who drinks them with his wealthy buddies at home. I would also guess that Lizardville pours a ton of Sazerac brands (owners of Pappy). Sazerac should be able to support one of their biggest customers by providing this limited offering.
Also, ask anyone in Washington how going Open worked out: higher prices and less selection. But you can buy a pint of Kamchatka at every street corner.
Ohio Liquor Control is mismanaged and probably is the reason your neighborhood liquor store doesn't carry the products you want (or runs out of stock of the products they already have). A liquor store in Ohio can request items all they want from the state, but when the liquor truck comes, up to half of the order may be cut. They set such a very strict inventory for stores and it's a very poor system for consumers. The commission independent liquor stores make on spirits is much too low while the state each year posts record profits.
Grocery stores like Kroger and Giant Eagle have been buying up as many liquor licenses as they can in the state and operate them at a loss; it's just additional incentive to get consumer foot traffic. As a result, there is little incentive for the grocery store liquor managers to fight the state on inventory issues.
While I agree Ohio can do much better, using Pappy Van Winkle as an example of this isn't quite fair. This item is the holy grail to whiskey aficionados. Even in "open" states (like Illinois) you are going to have this problem-- this week in the Chicago area, customers literally followed the distributor trucks from the warehouse to the liquor store.
I did want to mention that, to their credit, The Winking Lizard at least never gouges on pours when they do offer the good stuff. I was lucky enough to have some Pappy 15 at Lizardville last year and they were charging $9, I think. Same margin as they charge on everything else. In other markets, you can expect to spend $25.
Sawyer invented pizza with eggs and bacon and "frites with gravy?" LOL. Have you ever heard of poutine? It is ubiquitous in Canada.
First comment is correct-- I read the recipe several times and you never indicate where the cheddar goes in. please try again. Thanks
Farms like that Urban Farm in Old Brooklyn?
It's so fun to watch evolve!
I didn't know that Seoul Hot Pot closed. How depressing. When I lived/worked/went to school in Cleveland, I'd go there pretty often. Since I've been in Akron the last few years, I haven't been there. Now I never get to say goodbye :-/.
All I want to say is Gary Lucaralli is an Awesome Cleveland dude.
How much butter? Not noted.
I can't speak for Doug, but the Heights neighborhoods on the east side are severely lacking a good donut shop. Or even a bad one. Entrepreneurs can you hear me!?
The Cleveland market is oversaturated with restaurants by those same individuals named above. There are not enough small, innovative, talented, experienced individuals/ventures.
What do we do with the cup of cheddar? I read the instructions twice, I might have missed it.
This place is a joke I can't stand that jimmy patsch, i hope they go out of business, if its anything like his last entrepreneurial adventures it will tank in the first year haha
So proud of my little hovel named Cleveland
Good perspective Eye...And as the article stated, the more quality restaurants that come online the higher the bar for quality goes...
I see a Michelin star in CleOh somewhere some day!!!!!
Hey...At least we eat well!!!!
Parkers is in Avon Lake, not Avon
Cleveland is sorely lacking doughnut shops? Since when?! I've lived in cities with only Dunkin and Krispey Kreme. I've been happy to get back to Cleveland's doughnut shops.
Charlie Trotter he's not!
Really? No mention of the Beer Fest at IX Center this week??? I know I won't have to "wait until 2014" that's for sure!
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