When breakfast and lunch spot South of Lane opened last summer in Upper Arlington, Joseph Moran stepped in to help owner Catherine Vonderahe run the kitchen. Now, he continues to work as chef at South of Lane-known for its omelets and waffles-two to three days a week.

When breakfast and lunch spot South of Lane opened last summer in Upper Arlington, Joseph Moran stepped in to help owner Catherine Vonderahe run the kitchen. Now, he continues to work as chef at South of Lane-known for its omelets and waffles-two to three days a week.

"I love the cozy atmosphere," Moran says. "It's the neighborhood and the location. It's nice fresh food and a comfortable place to work. There's not that corporate overseeing."

And as people continue to move toward healthier food choices and deal with dietary restrictions, Moran says South of Lane works to accommodate customers.

"We'll do gluten-free stuff; we'll do vegan stuff," Moran says. "We can adjust things for a heart-healthy diet."

With both a culinary and a nutrition degree, you'll also find Moran working in nutrition services at Grant Medical Center, cooking meals for patients. And Moran is part of a food-centric family: His wife, a Philippines native whom he married last fall, was a barista who specialized in latte art in her hometown.

Since he lives and works in Upper Arlington, Moran dishes on eateries he frequents in the neighborhood and around Columbus.

What's your favorite thing to eat at South of Lane?

The Greek Omelet. It has onion, diced red pepper, tomato, spinach and feta cheese. There are sliced kalamata olives on top. It has a lot of flavor.

You work at a breakfast spot. How do you drink your coffee?

I only put coffee in my coffee. That's how I've always been. I drink it black. We have Thunderkiss Coffee at South of Lane, and they do a nice job with the roasting.

Any favorite neighborhood spots to grab a bite?

I like Royal Ginger. I go there for sushi and a glass of plum wine. Their stuff is perfect. It's always right on whenever I go.

Where do you go for a special occasion?

La Chatelaine. I go there for French bistro food. I like their traditional French desserts. It's a nice place for some escargot, wine and a good dessert.

Who has a good hamburger?

If I do go out for one, I like to go to Ted's Montana Grill and get the bison burger. If I'm getting meat, I just like a small piece. I like the accompaniment of the sides with the meal. It's nice to experience the whole plate of food instead of just going for the meat.

Do you have any good casual weekend spots?

Lan Viet at the North Market. I get the Pho Ga. I like to sit at the counter and eat there.