Midtown's Rising Stars
My wife, Cristina and I started an underground supper club called PushStart Kitchen to try and break into the Atlanta dining scene. After two years, and more than a little hard work, we were able to crowd source the funds to open our little restaurant, Better Half.
Atlanta’s Food Editors Name Their 2017 Restaurant Standbys
I'm more often checking out new restaurants than I am circling back to my favorites, which is an admittedly nice problem to deal with, but these are the places I wish I ate at more frequently. I try to point people toward Better Half as much as I can, where Zach Meloy's food is smart, creative, good-looking, and fun...
New on Resy
Better Half is a family-inspired restaurant– from husband-and-wife duo Zach and Cristina Meloy of supper club PushStartKitchen – where connecting for over food is the focus...
New Year’s Eve at Better Half
"As the date gets closer we’ll be giving you more options to close out 2017 in style. If you prefer to avoid the crowds and club atmosphere, you can celebrate the upcoming new year at Better Half. For $90 per person, guests will enjoy a five-course dinner menu finishing with candy and cordial to round out the night. Additional wine pairings are available for $35 and each guest will receive a champagne pour as well to get the evening off to the right start."
Better Half Celebrates Four Years.
"Better Half will celebrate its fourth year of operation on Dec.13 with a birthday dinner complete with party favors and festive decor..."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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"Better Half anniversary dinner
The pop-up turned brick and mortar restaurant located in Home Park is turning four and wants to celebrate the day with a five-course dinner on Wednesday, December 13. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dishes include salt baked celery root, shrimp chorizo, roasted beef shoulder, whipped dry jack, and birthday cake with ice cream. "
Don't Cook this Thanksgiving! 2017
"Well this year I say keep the food tradition but break tradition with all the work and hassle and check out some of these great options to either bring home the meal ready to eat or dine in someone else's kitchen. Make plans now and take a load off your mind and enjoy the holiday in style! Below I have a long list of places to dine out—this link to Open Table is a perfect place to see if most of these are available for seating! Also below you will find where to have world-class chefs prepare your bounty to bring home and look like a genius..."
12 Atlanta Restaurants to Book for Thanksgiving Dinner
"Make a reservation for Better Half’s $85-per-person Thanksgiving feast, which twists tradition a bit with dishes like smoked ham hock croquettes, whipped corn tea-roasted turkey breast and leg, and sweet potato doughnuts. There's an additional wine pairing for $30."
16 Must-Have Atlanta Fall Signature Cocktails
"Better Half’s “Cider + Smoke”
Crafted from Georgia apple cider and rosemary, this cocktail is a perfect fall sipper that has a delicious balance of smoke and tart notes."
Get Tickets for a Wild Turkey Party, a Fall Harvest Dinner, and More Events
"Chef Hector Santiago of El Super Pan is teaming up with Chef Zach Meloy for a special dinner at Better Half (349 14th St NW Bldg C-100). A portion of the proceeds from a $125-per-person dinner will go toward aid in Puerto Rico. Feast on dishes like yuca gnudi, slow cooked pork neck, and rice crusted trout. See the whole menu and buy tickets here."
Eat This Now: 10 Must-Try Fall Dishes in Atlanta
"Butterscotch cremeux at Better Half
Whether from homemade desserts or trick-or-treated candies, butterscotch is one of the richest fall flavors. Chef Zach Meloy's Home Park restaurant has just introduced a seasonal dessert built around a butterscotch cremeux. It's accented with cinnamon ice cream, a smoked apple cajeta and smoky, chipotle-spiced pecans."
Events for food lovers in November
"Better Half chef Zach Meloy and El Super Pan chef Hector Santiago will come together this month for a six course collaborative dinner with wine pairings. Participants will be dining for a cause - a portion of the proceeds will go to Ser Familia, an organization active in aiding hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico."
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. Had an Adorable Dinner Date in Atlanta This Weekend
"On Saturday night at the Atlanta, Georgia restaurant Better Half, Avengers stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. had what appears to be the most entertaining dinner date of all time..."
The Best Restaurants in Midtown
"Better Half – Sit at the bar/chef’s table and be mesmerized by the artful dishes turned out by chef Zach Meloy. Surprisingly, he updates the menu weekly, save for one item – the Silk Handkerchief pasta, which is always available..."
Not The Same Old Bloody Mary
"Better Half mixed tomato marmalade with lemon and Old Forester Bourbon — rather simple in comparison to Atlas’ tiki drink that used tomatoes in seven forms: tomato foam, tomato dust, tomato candy, tomato water, tomato juice, tomato bitters and a tomato twizzler straw."
10 Hottest Tasting Menus in Atlanta
“Chef Zach Meloy prepares some of the city's prettiest plates, but they're not just about the aesthetics at this casually refined spot in Home Park. Contemporary American ingredients are composed in vibrant ways, while occasional Latin accents also shine through.”
Atlanta's Open Kitchen's Turn Up The Heat
“Zach Meloy’s shoebox kitchen fits snugly behind a three-sided bar that pits you as close to the food as the chefs. Watch the tuna steak searing in the pan, grab a container of sweet onion relish, and hear chefs belt Cher songs. You can even hear Meloy instruct his servers: “Push the chicken as the most amazing thing in your whole life.”
7 Kentucky Derby Cocktails for Your Race-Day Party
"#6 The Steeplechase, by Zach Meloy."
Say Happy Birthday to 4th & Swift With This Epic Meal
"4th & Swift is turning 7 and having one heck of a celebration. To bring in his 8th year serving up some of Atlanta’s best food, Jay Swift is bringing back some of the best chefs to grace his kitchen over the years."
30 Things You Need to Eat & Drink This Summer in Atlanta
"Strawberry Panna Cotta at Better Half: strawberry-vanilla panna cotta, frozen basil lemonade sorbet, strawberry "textures"."
Chef Demo: Peachtree Road Farmers Market
"Chef Demo by Zach Meloy of Better Half. Chef Meloy creates a wonderful salad for four using fresh large strawberries from Burge Organic Farm, sweet onions cut thick and charred, goats milk Feta from Decimal Place Farm, red beets from McMullan Farm, olive oil, red wine vinegar, local honey from Hidden Springs, fresh basil leaves from Heirloom Gardens."
NBC's Atlanta & Co
"Zach shares a healthy lunch recipe."
Best New Restaurant
"Better Half is named Atlanta’s Best New Restaurant, Best Restaurant for a First Date, and Best Instagram Feed of 2014 in Creative Loafing."
Traveler’s Table: Deep Fried Meat Around The Globe
“…[I]t quickly became known as milanesa — this version was made with various meats (beef, chicken, veal, pork and even eggplant) dipped into beaten eggs and seasoned bread crumbs before getting shallow-fried in oil. In Atlanta, you’ll find a mishmash rendering at Better Half — chef Zach Meloy, who cooked in Costa Rica, pounds beef top round before breading the meat in leftover ground corn tortilla and frying to serve with shrimp Louie salad, avocado puree, smoked chile and cilantro jelly.”
Atlanta’s Best Modern American Restaurants
"This category encompasses both hipster hot spots and critically acclaimed chef-driven restaurants, in no particular order."
The 7 Best Restaurants On The Westsid
Better Half – If you fall in love with a dish turned out by chef Zach Meloy, you probably won't find it again on a return visit as the menu changes often. But that hasn't stopped crowds from visiting. In fact, it may even make customers want to return more frequently. One item does remain on the menu – the Silk Handkerchief pasta. For an extra special meal, sit at the chef's table...
Meet Zachary Meloy of Better Half in West Midtown
Today we’d like to introduce you to Zachary Meloy.
Zachary, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My wife, Cristina and I started an underground supper club called PushStart Kitchen to try and break into the Atlanta dining scene...
Where to Eat on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta
The intimate dining experience at Better Half on New Year’s Eve includes a five-course meal of chestnut dumplings, roasted black bass, pork loin, a cheese course, and dark chocolate parfait for dessert. $90 per person with a complimentary glass of Champagne. Wine pairings available for $35 extra per person. Reservations required.
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BETTER HALF's Silk Handkerchief Pasta is one of the few items that has been on the menu since the restaurant's opening. Made with wild mushrooms, tomato marmalade and porcini cream, the dish is both delicate and hearty.
Atlanta food events: Dec. 11-17
Better Half Dec. 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Better Half's 4th Birthday Join the folks at Better Half for a birthday celebration. Following a cocktail reception, guests will enjoy a five-course celebratory dinner, complete with wine pairings. Details
Chef Zach Meloy of Better Half - Atlanta, GA
"Slideshow with images of the menu by Andrea Lorena."
11 Dishes in Atlanta Made with Coca-Cola
"Zach Meloy takes his inspired menu in a fall direction by using the city's favorite fizz two separate ways in a current dessert at his Home Park restaurant. It flavors a warm cake, which is served alongside a vanilla-infused cajeta, candied lemon peel and a granita made from the frozen drink."
Atlanta's 14 Most Iconic Dishes
"Better-Half - Silk Handkerchief Pasta.
Though the menu of this Midtown Restaurant changes weekly, this one item never leaves it. One taste of the rich, light pasta bursting with flavor of sweet and savoury, thanks to a jam and mushroom combo, and you'll see why."
Where to eat on Thanksgiving 2017 in Atlanta (or get your turkey to-go)
"Chef/owner Zach Meloy is preparing an elegant feast for $85, with wine pairings available for an additional $30. The menu features charred hakeruai turnip salad with a smoked ham hock croquette, roasted trout with a winter squash hushpuppy, and ambrosia pineapple upside down cake with dried cherry ice cream."
Atlanta food events: Nov. 13-19
"Better Half Nov. 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Better Halves Dinner Chefs Zach Meloy and Hector Santiago of El Super Pan are collaborating to host a culinary event benefitting hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Guests will enjoy a collaborative six-course meal complete with wine pairings. Details"
Fly South: Flavor in Focus: A distinctly Southern accent is showing up in diverse applications
"Pimento cheese was one of the early ambassadors of Southern food, seen on shareable menus with crackers, or spread over Southern-themed burgers. At Better Half in Atlanta, Executive Chef Zach Meloy turns to pimento cheese for a global mash-up bar snack in his Pimento Cheese Empanada."
Eat Your Art Out
"Chef/owner Zach Meloy said his wall-to-wall mural goes along with his restaurant’s theme. It depicts “goofy, seemingly pointless robots and machines, inspired by the cooking process,” Meloy says. “It’s definitely a conversation starter, with a chicken riding a snake, and a robot with a speech bubble that’s filled with a citrus fruit.” Act fast to see this version, because it might, like Meloy’s ever-changing menu, not last long. “I’m kind of addicted to constant change,” he says."
Eight Chefs Take the Zero Food Waste Challenge at ’Cocktails and Castoffs’
" On November 12, 2017, eight acclaimed Atlanta chefs will challenge themselves to create delicious, innovative dishes with little-to-no waste at Cocktails & Castoffs, a fundraising event to support the efforts of Development in Gardening (DIG)..."
Atlanta's 14 Most Iconic Dishes
"Better Half – Silk Handkerchief Pasta. Though the menu of this Midtown restaurant changes weekly, this one item – the first item the chef made for his wife – never leaves it. One taste of the rich, light pasta bursting with flavor of sweet and savory, thanks to a jam and mushroom combo, and you’ll see why."
Fall in Love with Better Half's Unforgettable Pasta in Atlanta
"Chef Zachary Meloy's Silk Handkerchief Pasta was the first dish he ever cooked for his now-wife Cristina nine years ago. The dish worked its magic. Now, years later, Meloy is married with two kids and a restaurant called Better Half with a menu with that Silk Handkerchief Pasta as its cornerstone..."
Atlanta Chef's Favorite Peach Recipes
"August is National Peach Month. To celebrate, we've gathered peachy recipes from some of our favorite Atlanta chefs. Try them if you dare..."
Try Artful Dishes at Better Half
“Chef Zach Meloy and wife Cristina opened this intimate neighborhood spot just west of Midtown after a strong run as a weekly supper club. The menu changes daily, but the couple's artful Latin American inspiration doesn't. You can order à la carte, but try out the nine-course tasting menu to feel the full effect of the kitchen's constant curiosity and creativity."
Gazpacho: The World in a Blender
“While most of us associate gazpacho with tomatoes, the original execution had none. “That version didn’t exist until the Spaniards came to the New World,” explains Zach Meloy, executive chef and co-owner of Better Half. “Until then, gazpacho had been made with almonds, bread and grapes...”
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Meloy says: “I love this place because it’s the closest you can get to a Costa Rican Sunday dinner. It’s packed on the weekends, filled with Latin families having late lunch together. They offer a bunch of Mexican options, but I always stick to the Colombian choices: ajiaco, the famous chicken soup, served with rice, capers, and sour cream, is amazing.”
Current favorite item on the Better Half Menu:
"Him: How could I not say the pasta?! I owe my whole life to this one single dish, which I made for Cristina on our first date.
Her: Also the pasta."
14 Must-Try Pasta Dishes Across the Country
"Silk Handkerchief Pasta at Better Half. The story's almost as charming as the dish — chef Zach Meloy prepared this dish of handmade pasta with wild mushrooms, tomato marmalade and porcini cream for his future wife and business partner Cristina on their first date. It's the only constant on the Home Park restaurant's constantly changing menu."
Atlanta 50: 2014 Fall Restaurant Guide
"Better Half named on AJC’s 50 Best Atlanta Restaurants."
Creative Minds: Who Would You Want to Cater Your Thanksgiving?
I’d want Better Half to cater my Thanksgiving. I’ve been a huge fan of Zach Meloy’s cooking since he was doing pop-up dinners at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Plus, he’d probably [come up with] something crazy, like gravy that’s the consistency of Dippin Dots, and that sounds delicious.”
Where to get your non-latte pumpkin fix in Atlanta
"Pumpkin soup at Better Half
Soup, the elemental comfort food of fall, is perhaps the perfect thing to be pumpkin spiced. At Better Half, chef Zachary Meloy presents spiced pumpkin soup in two parts."
Taste the Love at Better Half
“This is the restaurant Atlanta built.”
"So says Zach Meloy, co-owner of Midtown’s Better Half. He and his wife, Cristina, fed intimate groups in their home for the last two and a half years via supper club PushStart Kitchen; thanks to devoted diners and Kickstarter, the restaurant becomes a reality."