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Galaxy Taco

Returned today for second visit, this time with a friend after a snorkel off the shores, where the Lepoard Sharks are out in all their glory.
We went for late lunch, dripping wet from the swim, dressed in T shirts and shorts, making past the dress code of no bare feet, taking seats along the
counter facing west. Staff was really very pleasant and restaurant moderately busy, food expierence better than before but still I think needs work. Best was the app called Totopos, new at least to me. Essentially a cold version of chiliqullas, the very good blue corn, non GMO, nixtamalized in house tortilla chips are tossed with what must be a fairly spicy hot roasted tomato red chile sauce then topped with crema and cotillja. Textures and flavors worked well for me and portion was sufficient to split between 2 or more.
Next up were tacos and tostadas that I found hit and miss. Taco de lamb Barbacoa was I felt wet and stringy and lacking real flavor. Grilled avocado taco was enjoyed by my friend but I'm not crazy about hot avocado. I had tostada of wood grilled octopus with bean purée on same blue corn tostada, all in all good but not mind blowing. Highlights were the octopus itself, excellent in texture and flavor, if perhaps lacking in abundance. It had what I think was a roasted tomatillo drizzle, fairly spicy, halved grape tomatoes. All in all pretty good.
What had taken a step back was ceviche tostada. Today a tuna with lime, a little tomato and not much else. No textural contrast of onion or crunch of cucumber, barely a hint of cilantro, very little heat. Uninspired at best. Or perhaps over my head in minimalism.
We had two Aqua frescas de piña.
Total bill before tip... $56.
I don't know exactly how to feel.. Kinda Meh for me but wish more of you would weigh in....

Aug 11, 2015
plantman in San Diego

Galaxy Taco

Interesting list and interesting rant, but I would like to know how this board feels about the food at Galaxy Taco. Unless one wants to call the idea of
nixtamalizing non GMO blue corn on
site trendy, the menu seems to me
pretty straightforward. My question is
to how well the are executing the

concept, which in my very limited sample was only so so, and is it
possible to turn what are essentially
fairly humble ingredients in such small portions into food so good as to justify
their price point. I for one am hoping it is, but wish for others to weigh in.

Jul 24, 2015
plantman in San Diego

Galaxy Taco

Well, I must say it isnt cheap. Portions are small and prices are high. Tostada was I think 13 bucks, which isn't bad but the tostada itself was about 3 inches across and ceviche was maybe 3 Tablespoons. Taco was 6 as I recall but there again portion of fish had to be less than 2 ounces. Aqua fresca of pineapple was 6. Total with tip was about 32 I think. I must say I left hungry..I was thinking I could have eaten at least twice as much, and Im not a big guy. With a couple of beers it could get up there pretty quick..

Jul 21, 2015
plantman in San Diego

Galaxy Taco

A very small sample.. quick lunch for one while in the area. Ceviche Tostada and Baja Fish taco. Ceviche was I think yellow tail, well balanced with citrus, fair amount of heat, fresh and tasty. The blue corn tostada needs some work. Rather hard and somewhat tough, not exactly crisp. Fish taco was decent, the tortilla fared much better but the actual portion of fish was almost comically tiny, like smaller than my pinkie finger, and while nicely fried was under seasoned. It should be said that this was only there second day, so I am reserving judgement. I have very high hopes here, and cant wait to hear what other folks feel...

Jul 21, 2015
plantman in San Diego

Best 'Mexican' market in San Diego?

Very close to Santee, and worth checking out, is Tortilliaria Salsa, at 480 W. Chase in El Cajon. It is small but has a nice selection of produce, cheeses, a meat counter, chiles, rendered lard, fabulous fresh masa and tortillas. Family owned and friendly, right in your own backyard...

May 15, 2015
plantman in San Diego

Any one seen Spring/Green Garlic yet?

I bought some at Vine Ripe market in La Mesa the other day.. I think it was $1.49 for one bunch of 4 or 5 bulbs with greens attached.. rather like a scallion with a thicker bulb.

Mar 24, 2015
plantman in San Diego

Fresh Tofu?

Hi there Im not sure if this exactly fits what you are looking for, but search the internet for Hodo Soy Beanery... they are out of the Bay Area and have a very interesting web site. The products are available Jimbo's. I havent tried them yet cause I just found out about their products but I have high hopes... if you check it out post back here to report. I hope this serves you well.

Nov 08, 2014
plantman in San Diego

Thanksgiving in SD (with our dog)

Not 100% sure of Thanksgiving service, but call Barbarella in La Jolla...they have a lovely dog friendly patio and a nice causual yet ellegant vibe...

Oct 20, 2014
plantman in San Diego

How do you use curry powder - other than curry?

I put a small pinch, just a little, in my béchamel when making mac and cheese. Not enough to bring it to the realm of curried mac and cheese, not that that would be bad, but just a hint that seems to amp up the cheesiness in the dish.

Oct 16, 2013
plantman in Home Cooking

Can't Miss Eats in San Diego

If you make it to La Jolla try to hit the Cheese Shop for lunch. I was just there for the first time in many years and had forgotten how good a sandwhch could be, They prepare most of the meats in house and have the craziest tastiest oatmeal cookies in the world. Mostly takeout but if you are heading to the beach down there it is a funky old school place with lots of good eats

May 31, 2013
plantman in San Diego

Pizza Dough

Try Jim Lahey's no knead pizza dough..and his method for baking...best possible homemade pizza hands down incredible.

Jan 18, 2013
plantman in Home Cooking

Who makes your favorite Egg Salad Sandwich?

I vote Cheese Shop in La Jolla Shores....just simple...properly cooked eggs, just enough mayo, and I think dijon,kind of chunky....mmmm

Sep 22, 2012
plantman in San Diego

Campari tomatoes -- tried them yet?

Well, I just bought 14 oz for 3.99 at Albertson's in San Diego...good...not knock your socks off but way better than you average hot house...worth the price?...for me, not that I am wealthy, probably....4 bucks is a fairly small indulgence if you need a decent tomato out of season...

Mar 28, 2012
plantman in General Topics

Panama City, Panama for a 12 hour layover..food /nightlife rec's?

Hotel wise the Marriot is accross the street from Beirut and is quite nice for that Chain...never stayed there but people tell me the Bristol is very nice on the more boutique end...

Panama City, Panama for a 12 hour layover..food /nightlife rec's?

Do not miss Beirut, a Lebanese restaurant in Bella Vista....absolutley the best Lebanese food I have ever had, extremley excellent service, which is rare in Panama, and a very festive atmoshphere..a huge patio...a mixed feast for two was 48 bucks...probably a dozen or so mixed Mezzes with fresh out of the oven, puffed up pitas...then they clear that away and bring out the kabaobs,lamb chicken and beef with rice and green salad... one could also order ala carte if one would care to....Also not to be missed is the Cheviche vendors inside the Mariscos Market near Casco Viego....cups of impeccably fresh Ceviche are one dollar...El Trapiche on Via Argentina is probably the best for traditional Panamanian food...a little heavy but a good nieghborhood to walk around with tons of choices..Have fun..

Dining room with a fireplace?

I recall Barbarella in La Jolla Shores has a fireplace....I think two, one inside, and one outside in the back...pretty good food, woodfired oven items...Give a call or check website...Good Luck!

Mar 28, 2012
plantman in San Diego

Degradation of Worcestershire Sauce

I could not aggree more that L&P is not what it was. I made this recipie from Savuer several months back and am happy to report excellent results...not exactly as I remember L&P...I think they used to give it time in wood barrels, not sure. Next time I make the Savuer version I will slightly decrease the sweet and up the anchovies a bit.....but it is very well worth making...

Feb 22, 2012
plantman in General Topics

Things you want to try making

I once watch the cooks at one of San Diego's most beloved taco shops put a large metal strainer full of rice directly into the deep fat fryer and leave it there for about 90 seconds before taking it out to drain...the rice had noticeably changed color...nearly toasted in appearence.....I think this long toasting in plenty of fat is what gives the rice the allusive texture that is hard to duplicate at home....

Feb 22, 2012
plantman in Home Cooking

Fresh Poke to go?

If you happen to be looking for Poke in East County,... and who isn't?.., the very excellent meat counter at Valley Farms Market, corner of Bancroft and Campo Road, sells a pretty good version.
They have a small but by far the best fish counter in the area, in the summer excellent supplies of salmon and halibut flown in and picked up several times weekly, also usually a selection or two from local waters...

Jan 10, 2012
plantman in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants - Replacement for old board.

I just saw a sign for new location on Spring Street, just north of the94 freeway, south of the Henry's Market, in La Mesa. The last few times I had the carnitas, I felt the quality had been slipping, so I hope that a new location will improve things..

Nov 23, 2011
plantman in San Diego

Colicchio & Sons' Parker House Rolls: Anyone tried to make this?

I made that recipe, as written, last year for Thanksgiving ...they were very good, if not amazing. They key is to allow enough time for rising, in that there is a small amount of yeast...don't rush it and don't panic and it is very worthwhile...

Nov 12, 2011
plantman in Home Cooking

What's Your Favorite Source for Rye Bread in SD?

Trader Joe's has a pretty good onion rye, my only complaint being its size and shape being rather small and round, which limits the number of slices that are really usable for sandwiches, but the flavor and texture are good..

Aug 24, 2011
plantman in San Diego

Black Bean Soup Recipe?

Try the recipe in James Beard's classic American Cooking...he declares it to be one of the best of all soups...and it is indeed wonderful.

Aug 17, 2011
plantman in Home Cooking

Looking for Some Good Peach and Blackberry Cobbler Recipes

I will second the link posted by blueberrypie on epicurious....best ever and simple and can be doubled or tripled and is great with berries as well as stone fruits....it has a great balance is interesting in that the fruit is less sweet than the buiscut part.....highly reccomended

Aug 10, 2011
plantman in Home Cooking

A kumquat by any other name?

I can tell you that they are beautiful trees that produce a lot of fruit...consider planting a dwarf or semi dwarf, as the standards are quite large and will produce more fruit than you could handle....they do thrive in heat and can handle temps in the 20s but can't take hard frosts...

Apr 30, 2011
plantman in General Topics

ceviche

Check out Rick Bayless's web site... he gives a couple of excellent recipies as well as general tips on cheviche

Apr 13, 2011
plantman in Home Cooking

Hominy recipes?

I remember a James Beard recipe, I think from American Cookery, for hominy cooked down in heavy cream salt and pepper, which while obviously very caloric, is very delish and excellent with ham...Easter anyone?

Apr 03, 2011
plantman in Home Cooking

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Not a restaurant per se, but the Cheese Shop La Jolla since 1972...

Mar 14, 2011
plantman in San Diego

Looks like Chateau Orleans is closed :(

I actually worked there circa 1980...after they moved Doug Organ opened a short lived place, name I don't recall, in that location before he was involved in the Wine Seller/ Brasserie...But I think Chateau Orleans was open from 1985 or so...a long run and indeed sad to hear they are gone...

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Chateau Orleans
926 Turquoise St Ste H, San Diego, CA 92109

Mar 07, 2011
plantman in San Diego

Looks like Chateau Orleans is closed :(

Anyone remember when that location housed Gustaf Anders?..they drew big crowds from La Jolla....then they moved to La Jolla shores and lost their shirt..

Mar 07, 2011
plantman in San Diego