After taking a look at this thread - I needed to get on to defend my neighborhood - people have lobbed vague insults about the absence of "fun" and/or restaurants. That simply is not true.
Whether you like their presence or not, there are lots of food carts. But even discounting those, you have: Patrick J's, O'Reilly's, Aladdin's, Cup'o Joe, Lavash, Mozart's & Vienna Ice, Gatto's, Pattycake, Mama Mimi's, Georgio, Nancy's, Corner Stone, Whole World, Global Gallery, Wildflower, India Oak, Dante's and Primo Pizza. That's to say nothing of chains like McDonald's Subway and Dairy Queen, and whatever else one can pick up at the delis in Giant Eagle, Weiland's and the Clintonville Community Market. Granted, you're not getting any Zagat ratings over here, but there are choices and nearly all of them are good. If it's alcohol you're after, there's plenty of that at several of the aforementioned establishments, as well as the Crest Tavern, Brew-Stir's and Studio 35. If you want craft beer to go, swing by Pace-High, Weber Market, Palmer's or Weiland's. People need to be respectful of the fact that families do live there (families who, when they plan on dropping $80 on a gourmet dinner for two, are willing to drive). The Short North it ain't, but there is plenty of fun in Clintonville.
Also, fyi - a couple of years back a food cart burst into flames in Clintonville, supposedly on account of faulty wiring. It could happen anywhere, but if you own a home, it's not something you want happening nearby. I'm all for food carts and their creativity, but let's try to position them in locations where a similar businesses might have been located otherwise. That's probably best for them and the benefit of the neigborhood.