I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas filled with family, friends, and food. As we now look forward to they new year, I would like to take a moment to look back on 2010. I would love to do a Hungry in Cleveland Best of but since the blog is only 4 months old, I figured this would be a better option. 2010 had its fair share of downtime. We prayed for the earthquake victims in Haiti, trapped miners in West Virginia and Chile. We looked on in horror as oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico devastating beaches and wildlife, and felt betrayal as a wannabe "king" took his "talents" to South Beach. We mourned the passings of Tony Curtis, Lena Horne, George Steinbrenner, and Cleveland Indians legend Bob Feller to name a few.
However there were moments of joy and celebration. We saw hope for the Browns when the New Orleans Saints went to and won their first Super Bowl. We cheered on victorious Americans in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and "honked" our vuvuzelas while watching the World Cup. We may have caught a bit of "Bieber Fever", went goo-goo for Gaga, and fist pumped along with the Jersey Shore. Through it all, we remained Hungry in Cleveland.
2010 welcomed many new places to the ever growing Cleveland food scene. The East Fourth Street Neighborhood welcomed Zack Bruell's fourth Cleveland restaurant, Chinato, and Zinc. Around the corner on Prospect, R. J. Bolands and the Caddyshack Lounge offered more options for a pregame drink before heading the "The Jake" or "The Q". Zdara added a bit of Mediterranean flair to the Warehouse District. Tremont became more of a foodie destination with the additions of Bac, Istanbul Grill, and the reopening of Dante. East-siders rejoiced when the second Melt opened in Cleveland Heights. Dim and Den Sum took to the streets parking throughout the city for lunch and late night eats. Little Italy welcomed Mia Bella and Washington Place Bistro and Inn to the family of great places to "mangia mangia!" The every growing and changing Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood added Roseangel and Battery Park Wine Bar, along with the reopening of the legendary Big Egg. In the suburbs, Deagan's Kitchen found a home in Lakewood, Rocky River welcomed Market, and Palate will be opening its doors in Strongsville this week. I cannot wait to see what 2011 will bring, especially in Ohio City with the opening of Dim and Den Sum's Restaurant and the addition of Market Garden Brewery. Happy New Year!!!
Until next time...follow your heart, fulfill your hunger.