Cleveland Named Seventh Best Food City in America by Travel + Leisure

click to enlarge Cleveland Named Seventh Best Food City in America by Travel + Leisure
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Travel + Leisure recently called on its readers to rank America's best food cities, as well as each city's most crave-worthy features, from street vendors and cafes, to gourmet markets and upscale eateries.

Cleveland, it seems, impressed on both accounts, ranking seventh out of 20 cities.

Here's what T+L's Katrina Brown Hunt had to say about the Forest City food scene:

7. Cleveland, Ohio

The rust belt city offers some old-fashioned, even old-world, charms. Readers ranked it at No. [7] for its rich food halls, like West Side Market—with spices, baked goods and delis—which dates back to 1912, when it catered primarily to the city’s immigrants. Today, you can also still tuck into great Polish cuisine—like chicken paprikash, bratwurst, pirogues and stuffed cabbage—at Sokolowski’s University Inn, a James Beard American Classic award-winner now in its third generation of family ownership. Still, you don’t get into the top 10 by living completely in the past; Cleveland also delighted readers with its trendy street food and bars (like Happy Dog, where hot dogs come with vodka sauerkraut or Bloody Mary ketchup) and upscale, New-American spots like Lola Bistro, run by Iron Chef Michael Symon.

We love all of those places too, though we didn't realized that Sokolowski's had gotten into the small boat business