Where service industry insiders like to eat and drink

Rob Gelley knew he wanted to be part of the Columbus craft beer scene when he moved here from his hometown of Akron. The German Village resident found his place as a bartender at S.I.P. Local, Clintonville’s new gastropub owned by the folks behind Local Bar and Local Cantina. We asked Gelley where he spends his time around town.

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Dive Bar: The Thurman Café. “It makes me feel like I’m back home in Highland Square in Akron. It has this homey sort of feel.”

Special Occasion: The Table. “The outside patio is cool, and the food has just been really good. I had a vegan pad thai that I liked.”

Japanese: Meshikou Ramen. “The ramen is phenomenal. The pork belly ramen is appealing, for sure.”

Breakfast: German Village Coffee Shop. “It’s good, cheap breakfast food. There’s nothing better for a hangover. I get two eggs over medium with an English muffin, a side of home fries and a black coffee.”

Vegetarian: “Comune on Parsons feels like New York. The first time we went, we thought we would leave super hungry but were stuffed to the gills. They make some good bourbon drinks.”