Dining: 2016 Tastemakers

Welcome to the Tastemakers Class of 2016. Launched by our former sister publication, Crave, in 2012, our Tastemakers feature recognizes people who are pushing the Columbus dining scene forward.

After Hours: Chelsea Meckley from Ace of Cups

Saddle up to the bar at Ace of Cups, and it’s pretty easy to find out what bartender Chelsea Meckley likes. Ask, and she’ll tell you. The Clintonville native loves cucumber vodka with soda water. She loves playing the cellphone game Neko Atsume. And she hates “precious” food. Here are a few more of her favorites.

Short Order: Menya Noodle House

Between slurps of delicious tonkotsu ramen at Menya Noodle House, our critic mused: "This is ramen as ramen was meant to be."

Strip Search: An izakaya vibe at Ba Sho

Ba Sho is as close to a true Japanese gastropub as there is in Columbus.

Recipe: Beer-braised pork belly from “The Columbus Food Truck Cookbook”

The cookbook highlights favorite dishes from more than 20 local rolling restaurants, including Sophie’s Gourmet Pierogi, Challah!, Mai Chau and more.