Where service industry insiders like to eat and drink

Musician, avid Blue Jackets fan and Russian Jewish immigrant Aleks Shaulov has worked primarily in the service industry since his first job at Plank’s Café & Pizzeria in the 1990s. His most recent role as a manager at Ace of Cups is a homecoming for him after more than a year at Yellow Brick Pizza. The music, drinks and vibe of the Old North live music venue fit, he says. Here’s where you can find him when he’s not creating new cocktails for the bar.

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Breakfast: “Nancy’s Home Cooking is right around the corner from my house. It’s a decent greasy spoon breakfast place.”

Special Occasion: The Top Steak House. “I get their Kansas City dry-aged steak. It’s one of those places where time [stands] still. It’s Columbus history.”

Dive Bar: “I frequent O’Reilly’s Pub. I run into people there, grab a bite, hang with friends. It’s the definition of a neighborhood bar.”

Carryout: NE Chinese Restaurant. “I order from their authentic menu. There’s lots of flavor, and I love their cold beef noodle soup. It’s sweet and sour, and super refreshing.”

Cocktail Bar: The Oracle. “The vibe is kind of cool. The drinks are good. I like their Old-Fashioned. It’s a classic cocktail, you can’t go wrong.”