With every passing year, fewer actually remember seeing the Cuyahoga River on fire. It will soon become one of those myths that no one can really say is truth or fiction: a river burning, that’s impossible! But Great Lakes Brewery not only named one of its beers Burning River Pale Ale, its founders created the Burning River Fest summer musical festival. Many other Cleveland businesses have adopted the “Burning River” moniker as an act of healing and ironic pride. For others, though, those scars are still painful from the burns.
They should not, however, be allowed to obscure the fact that Cleveland sports a food scene that is easily Top 10 in the nation. It does so its own way -- Cleveland’s way. It has one foot in the “high,” the other in the “low,” and the whole significantly greater than the sum of its constituent parts.