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Douglas Trattner

Douglas Trattner

As with every great relationship, it takes time apart to truly appreciate what one’s got. Born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Douglas Trattner never had a choice about where he would spend his youth. Years away–in college, law school, and a “starter career”–not only opened his eyes to the good life back home, they made him downright homesick. After 15 years outside its borders, Douglas returned to live in the city of his youth, this time by choice.

Buying a house just seven miles from Public Square has allowed Douglas to appreciate the city in ways his family never could as far-flung suburbanites. Near-daily excursions downtown–to concerts, sporting events, museums, bars, and restaurants–convinced him that Cleveland Rocks was way more than a civic slogan.

When he began writing–for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Free Times, and Cleveland Magazine—he began to explore every single nook and cranny of this great town. As a weekly contributor to Cleveland's major daily’s weekend guide, Friday!, Douglas covered bars, comedy clubs, cultural events, outdoor activities, seasonal attractions and neighborhood festivals. Thanks to that glorious gig, he's gone hot-air ballooning over Amish Country, cross-country skiing through the Metroparks, angling for walleye on Lake Erie, and zipping through town on a Segway. If there is a bar, club or event in town that he hasn't covered, it probably isn’t worth knowing about.

As food editor and restaurant critic for the Free Times, Cleveland’s largest alternative weekly, Douglas has followed the local dining scene with a fine-tooth comb. In six-plus years as weekly columnist, he's reviewed over 250 restaurants and witnessed firsthand the culinary renaissance that has taken place. His familiarity with the topic has earned him a weekly guest spot on a local drive-time radio show. If folks want to know where to find the best corned beef sandwich, Douglas can point them in the right direction. When diners seek a five-star chef’s tasting menu, he'll gladly show them the way. Cheapest beer in town? Yup. Last year, Douglas's work at the Free Times earned him the award of “Best Critic in Ohio” by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Douglas has written specifically about Cleveland for Wine & Spirits, Fine Living, and Time Out. The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau, now called Positively Cleveland, entrusts him to write for their various visitor guides.

By Douglas Trattner:

Moon Cleveland
First Edition
$17.95 US
Written by an award-winning journalist and Cleveland resident, this guide reveals a new perspective on this greatly overlooked mid-sized city More




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