Executive chef, Better Half
After operating their supper club, PushStart Kitchen, for two years, Zach and Cristina Meloy opened Better Half on the Westside in 2013. The intimate space holds fewer than 50 people and never fails to delight with creative, ever-changing dishes. An ITP expatriate, Meloy now lives in Woodstock, but the foodie chef and his family are willing to drive for good food when they’re not calling the shots at Better Half.
Favorite restaurant: Ticonderoga Club, Inman Park
Why he loves it: I think what I find endearing is that they’re not sticking to any trend or fad. They step up and do whatever they want. Cocktails, food— they just nail it. They’re always at 110%.
Favorite dish: They have a dish called Poh’s Eggplant. Chef David Bies has an Indonesian step-grandmother named Poh who influenced his cooking, and it’s one of her recipes. It’s hot, salty and sweet. It has all of the right components and it’s truly craveable. I also love that there’s a story behind it.
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