I agree that Cleveland is a top 10 food city.
I challenge the integrity of the list based on the cities ahead of Cleveland (with the exception of Minny).
Unless someone can tell me that Houston, Atlanta, Albuquerque and KC are head over heels incredible food cities, I find it hard to believe.
I believe there are only a handful of cities that have better food than Cleveland: Seattle, Portland, San Fran, NYC, DC, Philly. I would listen to Chicago and Boston. Houston?!!!
You seem to have an extreme coastal bias, yet have convinced yourself that Cleveland is second only to Chicago for hotspots between the coasts.
Can't speak to the food scenes in Albuquerque or Atlanta which I imagine to be very culturally rich, but KC actually gets a ton of food tourism. Ever heard of BBQ? I always drop in at Arthur Bryant's or Oklahoma Joe's when I'm passing through KC. Houston is also widely regarded as a top foodie city.
Houston's metro is experiencing the largest aggregate growth of any metro in the nation right now, adding over 100,000 residents in 2014. It's also a city that has the third-most embassies, counts foreign royalty among its residents, and is so congested that the market preference has shifted to high-density infill.https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/ashby-high-rise-lawsuit-houston-developers-sprawl
Rag on Houston all you want, but you only make yourself look behind the times.