Cleveland: Where the traffic is an absolute nightmare, but the people are warm and welcoming.
Our “Ace Reporter,” Ken Crow, arrived in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention on Sunday, July 17, 2016, to overwhelming crowds and horrific traffic. The RNC has taken over the city.
The traffic is so congested that it can take hours just to get into a parking ramp. One reporter relayed to Crows Nest Politics that she sat in line waiting to get into a parking ramp for two full hours, only to be turned away because she had a weapon in the car.
However bad the traffic, the people of Cleveland are warm and welcoming: everywhere Ken goes, Cleveland residents ask, “Are you here for the Convention? Yes? Welcome to Cleveland!” Shaking hands and offering directions to delegates and reporters alike. The city is literally overflowing with friendliness.
Navigating insane traffic and meeting friendly residents in the hectic atmosphere of downtown Cleveland makes ones ravishingly hungry. Our fearless reporter escaped the chaos of downtown for the more subdued atmosphere of suburbia; where he found gastronomic bliss at Cleveland’s iconic restaurant, “Corky & Lenny’s.”
Corky Kurland and Lenny Kaden opened “Corky & Lenny’s” 1956 as a “New York style deli and restaurant featuring great deli meats and the Eastern European and American dishes they had both grown up eating.” According to our fearless reporter, the Pastrami Reuben is worth driving 1,000 miles for – it is that good. Corky passed away in 2011, but his wife Gloria, now 84 years old, and his son, Kenny, continue to run the restaurant, which has expanded into three locations: the full restaurant and deli at Woodmere, and two express locations at Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino and Thistledown Racino.
Along with the pastrami reuben Ken raved about, Corky & Lenny’s menu includes wraps, sandwiches – every type of reuben one could want, breakfast favorites and homemade desserts. The staff age and process the meat themselves, making for delectable corned beef and pastrami to be enjoyed after an appetizer of deep fried pickles or sauerkraut balls. The dessert menu includes Chocolate Eclairs with has real custard oozing out the middle and Hungarian Strudel.
Our ace reporter nearly stuffed himself into a food coma at Corky & Lenny’s, but still had the capacity to call and crow about the phenomenally friendly people of Cleveland, saying that everybody is wonderful and bending over backwards to make delegates and reporters feel at home: “If there’s protesters here, they are NOT from Cleveland!”
Stay tuned to Crows Nest Politics for updates on the Republican National Convention.
Updated July 18, 2016 7:54am