When Jose Martinez walks into Gallo's Tap Room, he's immediately greeted by friends, bartenders and other regulars who sit at the bar. It's just like the sitcom "Cheers," he jokes-everybody here knows his name.

When Jose Martinez walks into Gallo's Tap Room, he's immediately greeted by friends, bartenders and other regulars who sit at the bar. It's just like the sitcom "Cheers," he jokes-everybody here knows his name. And if the people sitting at the bar don't know Martinez, they soon will; this graphic artist isn't shy. It's this kind of friendly atmosphere that keeps him coming back. gallosfoodgroup.com

When did you discover Gallo's? And how often do you go?

About five to six years ago, I started an evening part-time job at the Micro Center store next door. Now I come here at least once a week and sometimes four times a week. When I don't come in for a while, like when I went on vacation, they say, "Where have you been?"

What keeps you coming back?

The food, staff, other customers-a small group of friends I meet with on Monday nights. It's a comfort that I can be with friends. I come here tired, and I unwind. The friends I made here are close; we spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together. If someone's not feeling well, we check up on them.

What's your favorite dish?

Tough call! The pizza is good because you can get your slice any way you want it. But if I had to pick my favorite, I'd say the BLT. The bacon is excellent with lots of slices. If I get a BLT, other people around me will end up getting it. [I've] never had a bad meal.

How is the waitstaff?

[They are] fun, friendly, attentive. Dave [Koenig], the chef, is great at making sure food is to our liking.

What's it like here during a Buckeyes football game?

It's crazy on game day. We were here for the championship. The sound effects when they score are great, and they have a ton of TVs. If they don't have an OSU game going on, you can watch anything and they're flexible. At this point, they know what games we want to watch.

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