Thursday, June 11, 2009

Back on the Dry Dock

San Gabriel, CA -- Clearman's Galley is a fixture in the San Gabriel Valley. Since I was a kid, we used to perform acts of gluttony on chili cheese burgers, cheese bread and red cabbage salad. I also learned to play the original arcade game, Astroids and loose mass amounts of quarters. The Galley was also one of the first restaurants I visited to have a big screen TV, permanently set to ESPN.

While driving by, one couldn't help notice the big red boat (right), serving as the galley with a restaurant and wood pilings as a facade. It all started back in the late 60s.

A couple years ago, the boat was hauled away and a now a Kohl's department store occupies it's space. The new iconic restaurant was built but for months, no boat.

I am happy to report the old boat was replaced with a scaled down version of the original red vessel. I haven't gone there yet but sure curious to see if the old Galley is serving up the same old grub. Sure hope so!


J.J. in L.A. said...

You should go! I live nearby and have been several times. You'll be amazed at what they did to the inside, but the food is still amazing.

Personally, I think they were trying to get away from the nickname so, no boat. But maybe pressure from customers forced them into it. Some things should never change!

JT said...

JJ, I need to go soon! I've been hankering for that cheese bread for a long time.

J.J. in L.A. said...

Mmm...cheese bread! : )