Best Local Landmark
The West Side Market
On the verge of its 100th anniversary, the West Side Market remains as culturally relevant today as it was when we were parking our horse there.
1995 West 25th St., Cleveland, 216-579-6800, westsidemarket.org
Best TV Personality
In a job custom-made for vacuous hunks and beauties, Goddard trumps them all with actual knowledge of what's going on with the weather and a warm way of breaking the news that cold is on the way.
On WJW-TV Fox 8
With twin gigs at Fox 8 and 850-AM WKNR, Rizzo is most amazing for his seemingly unflagging energy. A Clevelander through and through, Rizzo feels our pain but doesn't let us dwell on it.
Best Famous Clevelander
No matter how big he gets, Carey never forgets his hometown. Good for you for not forgetting him either.
When it comes time to get away from it all, there's simply no better — or easier — way to do it.
Best Place to Be Seen
East Fourth Street
From bowling and brews to rock & roll and fine dining, the new heart of downtown has it all. Little wonder that Cleveland's beautiful people make this the top stop on their itinerary.
Between Euclid and Prospect Aves., Cleveland,east4thstreet.com
Best Radio Personality
Whether he's riffing on the thong of the day or the latest Mel Gibson tapes, WMMS' afternoon drive-time host is the perfect radio personality for Cleveland: He comes off on-air as being just like you and your friends, only funnier.
On 100.7-FM WMMS
Best Reason to Love Cleveland
The hectic pace of life can make it easy to overlook our Great Lake. But when we stop to count our blessings, it's simply impossible to forget.
Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Visitors
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
We fought for the right to build it here and we remain proud to show it off to others. Any trip to the birthplace of rock & roll should include a reverent afternoon on the lakeshore.
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 216-781-ROCK, rockhall.com
Arts, dining, bars, parks, churches, and an eclectic mix of residents — Tremont boasts everything you could need, plus the charm of one of the city's most historic neighborhoods.
Best Area You'd Like to See Revitalized
Those too young to remember the Flats' entertainment heyday stare now in disbelief at the ruins of a lost civilization, while those who took part in the waterfront fun still ache for its eventual return.
Ethnically diverse, culturally rich, and decidedly unpretentious, Lakewood is the charming college town that happens not to have a college.
Best Day Trip
Just a short drive and boat ride across Lake Erie, Put-in-Bay will make you feel like you've escaped to another world.
No one's better than Dennis at firing up followers for his litany of peace and social justice issues. He's got a small army of devoted grassroots supporters in his district who virtually assure he'll be a congressman as long as he wants.
Kucinich gets the nod here for the activist trouble he stirs up so well. The U.S. congressman has long been known as a feisty champion of the underdog. And underdogs play well here in God's country.
Best Photographer/Photo Studio
Sarah Kraus' Strongsville studio is dedicated to "making women feel beautiful in their own skin," and her long list of clients always winds up empowered by her results.
21530 Drake Rd., Strongsville, 440-785-0035, poshportraits.com
Best Place to Take the Kids
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
A zoo to rival the best in America is also one of Cleveland's best deals. Buy a one-year family admission and discover new wonders with every visit.
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, 216-661-6500,clemetparks.com