Better Half

BETTER HALF is the restaurant that Atlanta built. Brought to you by Zach and Cristina Meloy, the couple behind the supper club PushStart Kitchen, BETTER HALF is a place where family is our inspiration and connecting over food is our focus. The ever-changing, seasonal menu will reflect our love for what we do through the best products the South has to offer. We look forward to feeding you soon!

Member Benefits from Chef Zach Meloy

Reservations are recommended. Better Half prefers members identify themselves during reservations and with the host/hostess.
Chef's Table
An amazing chefs special from the chef that brought you some of Atlanta's most memorable supper club experiences. A 5-course dining experience with all original and non-menu items. Priced per person. Reservations required. - $50 Per person

Zach Meloy

Zach, for as long as he could remember, has always catalogued his memories around food. From vacations, to days at summer camp, he’d always take note of what he’d eaten. During college, his work with award-winning chef, Frank Stitt at Bottega, Zach became interested in being a professional cook. After graduating from university with degrees in ceramics and Spanish, he shifted his sights towards food.

He attended Johnson & Wales (Denver), and shortly after finishing classes, he spent close to five years living, traveling, eating, and studying in Central America. Seeing the shared ingredients he’d once thought specific to his home in Atlanta, he became fascinated with the natural overlaps between the Latin and Southern American kitchens. While in Costa Rica, he worked as a private chef, catering to tourists in the area. He was able to explore his creativity by creating and cooking different menus for people from all over the world. It was during his time in Costa Rica he met his wife Cristina, a native that brought even more “spice” to his kitchen. They quickly relocated to Atlanta, GA to start their life while trying to compete in a quickly growing culinary industry.

Taking elements from the chefs he’s spent time with (Kevin Taylor and Sean Yontz in Denver, Gerry Klaskala, Micah Willix and Jay Swift in Atlanta), Zach tried to establish his own style of cooking based on his roots in Southern and Latin food while elevating them with creative flavor combinations and expressive presentations. In 2011, in an effort to build a groundswell behind their own food, he and his wife, Cristina started PushStart Kitchen, a successful underground supper club in Atlanta, GA. Tucked away in a 130 year old factory space, they serve private, prix fixe meals to members of their modern speakeasy focusing on their favorite elements of their Latin-Southern “mash up” cuisine.

In the short time they’ve been open, they’ve been written up at UrbanDaddy.com, ScoutMob.com, Creative Loafing, DailyCandy.com, Jezebel Magazine, Atlantan, StarChefs.com; among many food blogger write-up’s and have garnered a membership list of over 2,300 (and growing) people. PushStart Kitchen has also been featured on a couple of TV shows like TBS’ program Trends With Benefits (www.tbs.com/shows/trendswithbenefits) and Food Network’s “Chopped”. A documentary about their project was filmed and entered in the Chicago, Birmingham and New York film festival. They hope that the success they’ve experienced through PushStart will one day propel them into their own brick and mortar space where they can continue feeding Atlanta, one night at a time.

Southern Meets Latin

Awarded Creative Loafings Best New Restaurant of 2014, Better Half has only just begun to impress and enrich the foodies of Atlanta!

Our restaurant has been a family effort from the very beginning, so it only seemed right that we name it BETTER HALF. As a husband and wife team, it’s easy to see that there’s no way we’d be able to have this restaurant without each other.

We know that in one’s weakness the other is strong, hence the name choice. The unexpected realization came in serving Atlanta through our supper club, PushStart Kitchen. We found our direction in connecting with others and creating extended family through food. The people we feed are, in a sense, the half that makes us whole. It didn’t take long to see that YOU, in fact, are our BETTER HALF.

Zach Meloy

Zach, for as long as he could remember, has always catalogued his memories around food. From vacations, to days at summer camp, he’d always take note of what he’d eaten. During college, his work with award-winning chef, Frank Stitt at Bottega, Zach became interested in being a professional cook. After graduating from university with degrees in ceramics and Spanish, he shifted his sights towards food.

He attended Johnson & Wales (Denver), and shortly after finishing classes, he spent close to five years living, traveling, eating, and studying in Central America. Seeing the shared ingredients he’d once thought specific to his home in Atlanta, he became fascinated with the natural overlaps between the Latin and Southern American kitchens. While in Costa Rica, he worked as a private chef, catering to tourists in the area. He was able to explore his creativity by creating and cooking different menus for people from all over the world. It was during his time in Costa Rica he met his wife Cristina, a native that brought even more “spice” to his kitchen. They quickly relocated to Atlanta, GA to start their life while trying to compete in a quickly growing culinary industry.

Taking elements from the chefs he’s spent time with (Kevin Taylor and Sean Yontz in Denver, Gerry Klaskala, Micah Willix and Jay Swift in Atlanta), Zach tried to establish his own style of cooking based on his roots in Southern and Latin food while elevating them with creative flavor combinations and expressive presentations. In 2011, in an effort to build a groundswell behind their own food, he and his wife, Cristina started PushStart Kitchen, a successful underground supper club in Atlanta, GA. Tucked away in a 130 year old factory space, they serve private, prix fixe meals to members of their modern speakeasy focusing on their favorite elements of their Latin-Southern “mash up” cuisine.

In the short time they’ve been open, they’ve been written up at UrbanDaddy.com, ScoutMob.com, Creative Loafing, DailyCandy.com, Jezebel Magazine, Atlantan, StarChefs.com; among many food blogger write-up’s and have garnered a membership list of over 2,300 (and growing) people. PushStart Kitchen has also been featured on a couple of TV shows like TBS’ program Trends With Benefits (www.tbs.com/shows/trendswithbenefits) and Food Network’s “Chopped”. A documentary about their project was filmed and entered in the Chicago, Birmingham and New York film festival. They hope that the success they’ve experienced through PushStart will one day propel them into their own brick and mortar space where they can continue feeding Atlanta, one night at a time.

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