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FOOD PORN FRIDAY: The Galley Restaurant

16 Dec

The Galley Restaurant at the Palm Cove Marina is somewhat like Gourmet meets “White Trash Cooking.” Located near Jacksonville Beach at the foot of the Beach Boulevard Intracoastal Waterway Bridge (west side) in a teal roofed strip mall type center, The Galley offers  Southern favorites and ethnic specialties that make for a menu to please.

It’s a no fuss, no frills sort of place where they learn your name and menu preferences. My companion and I were pleasantly surprised at the variety of oh so yummy dishes that came out of the small kitchen. Our fare was complimentary specifically to show off for the CRACKER JAX blog, so this is not a traditional restaurant review.

We enjoyed chatting with the proprietor and chef Becky Mead between dishes as well as our server Colleen. When Becky bought the lunch and breakfast spot in 2009, she expanded the menu tremendously, adding tempting specials mixed in with a bit of mama love for her loyal patrons. She has a men’s group of 15 daily regulars who never order – she simply prepares individual breakfasts according to their preferences and dietary limitations. She’s been known to tell one or two that  they didn’t get hash browns and grits at the same time because that’s too many white things on their plate, or they didn’t get fruit because their wife called and asked Becky to watch their sugar intake.

the galley restaurant The Galley opens at 6 a.m. every morning, so when we arrived at 9 a.m. most of the breakfast crowd had cleared out. Within the hour, however, customers flowed in at a regular pace. We started with a Bowl of Fresh Fruit. $2.95  A nice choice since most places give you only an option of tiny portions. Mostly honeydew and cantaloupe melon, sprinkled with raspberries, blueberries, pinapple, grapes and banana slices.

Next up came a rich and soulful bowl of Cheese Grits and Shrimp. $8.95  This is a dish for real grits lovers with its generous portion of grits  made with half-n-half so they were creamy to perfection. The blackened shrimp presented on the rim of the Fiestaware dish had a real kick to them. 


For Biscuits and Gravy lovers, this is your place.  The portion is two open-faced biscuits smothered in yummy chunky sausage gravy.  $3.95 Becky says her biscuits and gravy are always whipped up fresh, not something that sits around under a warmer waiting for takers. We nodded as we stuffed ourselves.

 For an ethnic spin, we had a Greek Omelet stuffed with fresh spinach, feta cheese, black olives and tomatoes. It comes accompanied with scalloped-sliced hash brown potatoes cooked on the grill and fresh sliced tomatoes. Their tomatoes are especially good and usually purchased at the Farmers Market in downtown Jacksonville.

For our Yankee friends, try the great Philly Cheese Steak Omelet stuffed full of steak, mushrooms, onions and peppers. $7.95 It comes with hash browns or grits and toast. The wonderful southern Hash Brown Potato Casserole that we got instead is so worth the extra $2.50 It’s made with shredded potatoes, cheese and cream of mushroom soup. We may or may not have scraped every last bit of it off the plate. This was one of our guilty pleasures of the morning.

Our favorite of the entire gastronomical adventure were the Pumpkin Pancakes. To. Die. For. These are a December special usually made with pecans, although on this day we visited ours were made with walnuts which were great, too. $4.95  Thick and rich, we wouldn’t let the waitress remove the plate hoping we would have room to go back to them after our smogasborg.  We found ourselves taking bites between other dishes because they were that good. Our dish were accompanied by three strips of very thick and hearty bacon. $2.25 The Galley’s bacon is one of their signature items, and they cook up more than 100 pounds of it a week. This is the last week to get these awesome pumpkin pancakes. On Christmas weekend they will be replaced another special: Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Icing. Oh my. These I’ve gotta try. (They will only be available for that weekend.)

The Galley’s Cuban Sandwich is made with slow-roasted pork marinated for several days in the Spanish spice mojo. It remains true to the simple traditional recipe: pork, mustard and dill pickles between grilled flattened bread. My pacing  plans went out the window when I ate half of the sandwich, it was that good.

Now here’s a hearty sandwich! The BLT Club Sandwich is made with ham, turkey, provolone cheese, bacon and tomato. $6.95 If that’s too much sandwich for you, try the regular BLT Sandwich which is a Galley signature item that brings in a lot customers. $4.95 All sandwiches come with a choice of French Fries or cole slaw. A few menu items we did not try but that piqued our interest were the Pimento Cheese Omelet made with homemade pimento cheese.$6.95 Chef Becky makes hers with roasted red peppers rather than pimento. Or you can have it as a sandwich. $3.95 There’s a Beach Breakfast made with fried fish of the day as well as eggs, grits or potatoes. $8.95 The LocoMoca is a hamburger steak on a bed of white rice topped with brown gravy and a fried egg on top. $6.95 The  Galley also offers soups, salads, a large side order menu and daily specials.

They Galley is definitely a restaurant I want to revisit. After all, there are some red velvet pancakes with my name on them.

Open Tuesday – Sunday , 6 am – 2 pm
(The Galley will be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. It will be closed the Tuesdays following Christmas and New Year’s Day. )

14603 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 992-8040


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