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Sandwiches at Galco's Soda

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  • Reality Check Mar 24, 2006 02:37 AM

I plan to go to Galco's this weekend to get some ginger ale and creme soda. I heard that Galco's Soda Shop has sandwiches. How are they?

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  1. Years ago I was curious like yourself and got a sandwich and I didn't think it was anything special. They have service deli counter but there's hardly anyone lined up for their sandwiches.

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    1. re: K

      I disagree, they are special in my opinion and they are great.

    2. The meatball is just okay.
      Same with the Italian combo.

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        Hershey Bomar

        Had one a couple years ago and wanted to throw up. Skip it. Tasted odd and old.

        1. Hi... After the justifiable excitement of descending upon all the groovy sodas in glass bottles at Galco, the last aisle where the sandwich counter is located is a real big letdown. It's downright depressing and the term 'forlorn' could best describe the view over the counter. The old Huell Howser (California's Gold) tv segment where he visits Galco and strong-arms the sandwich counter person with faint praise about their sammiches would have you believe that those sad torpedoes were LEGENDARY. But even Huell can't muster up the plausible conviction to at least take a small bite of the sandwich set before him. I think the owner of Galco (a really nice guy) could have an even bigger goldmine on his hands if he infused that sandwich counter area with a transfusion of life in the form of quality ingredients and a more appetizing deli counter space. (Surfas has the idea, with quality sandwiches and cold exotic sodas sharing the same space). I know Galco is quite out-of-the-way for many, but those who seek out the hundreds of sodas available would, I bet, stick around and spend another $5 or $10 for a really good 'signature' sandwich (ala Hotdog On A Stick, which moves a lot of lemonade along with its signature corndogs)...

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          1. re: silence9

            Your post inspired me to send a link to this thread directly to the kind people at Galco's. I drive up from Long Beach and, yeah, it would be nice to have a little sustenance to go with my Hot Hot Hot Jamaican ginger ale or Schwepps Bitter Lemon.

            1. re: Christine

              Another negative experience here with their deli. I can't remember what I ordered, but I know I couldn't make it through the whole sandwich.

              And if someone from Galco's is actually reading this due to the link: how about giving the customers 4-pack or 6-pack deals on most of their sodas instead of making us pay per individual bottle for nearly everything? Unless I want to get something extremely obscure, I've found much better value elsewhere for Mexican Pepsi and other bottled sodas.

              1. re: nakni

                They have a case discount. You can also purchase a fequent customer card that gives you an additional discount on top of the case discount. It pays for itself quickly. What more do you want?

                1. re: Jack Flash

                  "purchase a fequent customer card" What kind of cheap crap is that? My local coffee shop, sandwich shop and car wash GIVE me a free fequent customer card. Ten visits and number elevan is FREE. Also, I was stupid enough to pay for that Galso's card and then lost it. No Big because I think it was DATED and had to be fully punched by a certain date or you might have well tossed your money in the trash can outback. Come to think of it that bad experiance left such a bad taste in my mouth I have not been back there since.

            2. re: silence9

              Agreed. A worthwhile east coast-style Italian deli counter would be most welcome, and I imagine could be quite successful with the proper marketing and promotion.

            3. I pretty much agree with all of the comments, but if you have to get a sandwich there, get the "South of the Border Blockbuster". I usually get it with roast beef and it comes with avocado and slices of pickled jalapeno peppers which makes it a lot more flavorful.

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              1. re: Alan

                Dissent.

                I work near Galco's and I get sandwhiches from there often. I've tried several kinds, but I've settled on roast beef or turkey "south of the border" style.

                They serve them on a nice, flaky yet soft roll, with shredded lettuce, good tomatoes, mayo mustard, avocado and topped with a nice ortega chili pepper. It's a damn good sandwhich.

                The others I've tried aren't as good, but they are not nearly as bad as some of these posts would lead you to believe.

                I'm a sandwhich junkie, and I gotta say I'm VERY surprised with the assessment of Galco's sandos. Maybe people are put off by the spartan sandwhich counter or the lack of patrons, but I think they are quite good.

              2. While I have never had the sandwiches at Galco and can't comment on them I would like to point out that people going there have the good fortune to be right in the middle of one of the best stretches of regional Mexican food in LA. Most of it cheap/quick.
                The patron saint of this board, Jonathan Gold a whole piece on it (linked below).
                I particularly like the El Pique truck, Huarache Azteca, and Antojitos Guerrero (none more than 2 blocks away, some across the street from Galco).

                Link: http://www.laweekly.com/counter-intel...

                1. The sandwiches are o.k., if you want a really good sandwich try Papa Don's in nearby South Pasadena. Now there are some GOOD sandwiches!

                  Some Ideas to improve Galco's

                  Take some of that empty aisle space in the back and put some good tables and chairs there.
                  Put in an old school deli counter, lower the counter hieght so we can see you make the sandwhich. (like at subway)
                  Add some new menu items, like a sandwich/soda combo. Give 15% off the normal price of the two items.

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                  1. re: nrique

                    Snap, a Papa Don's ref. I love that place.

                    1. re: nrique

                      Yeah! Papa Don's! My cousin used to live right behind there when we were kids.......used to spend a lot of Saturday lawn-mowing money there!
                      Have not been since it changed owners........hope it's still good.

                    2. Reality Check. You like the best -- I know. So here you are... Any trip to Galco's must include picking up some Sioux City Root Beer and Sarsaparilla – the best there is!. That is the result of our blind taste test using over six brands we got at Galco's. We also did a test with creme soda with about eight brands and Henry Weinhard’s Vanilla Cream Soda was the top choice with all five of us – and you can buy that anyplace. Galco's is great though to get everything you need for a taste test. Also check out the old style candy
                      bars.

                      The sandwiches at Galco's are OK. The meat is very good but the bread is not that great. To me the bread is very important. The good news is that just North of Galco's is the best sandwich shop in L.A. – Eagle Rock Bakery. The bread rolls are perfect (As good as any in NYC). A perfect crusty crust and soft bread inside. Buy a bag of them to take home and have with some fresh butted - OMG! On Sat. They make a special pizza bread that is a mst try.

                      Eagle Rock Bakery (Make your own subs at home w/ fresh baked Italian sandwich rolls and top quality Italian meats and cheese. Buy Hard Salami, Coto Salami, Mortadella with nuts, Baked Turkey, Capicola, Provolone Cheese Go on Sat. and buy a pizza bread, Oh, and don’t forget the bag of bread sticks to eat on the way home)
                      1726 Colorado Blvd.
                      Los Angeles, CA 90041
                      (323) 255-8224
                      Seven blocks East of Eagle Rock Blvd., Across from Tommy’s Burgers

                      Galco's Old World Grocery (old time and hard to find sodas – Delaware Punch, Dad’s Root Beer, Orange Crush, Dr. Browns, NEHI, Moxie, Sioux City Root Beer and Sarsaparilla, Squirt, .......)
                      5702 York Blvd
                      Los Angeles, CA 90042-2617
                      (323) 255-7115
                      Cross Street: Avenue 57
                      http://www.sodapopstop.com/

                      1. I was underwhelmed. I got a roast beef sandwich from there last week and the meat was grey and bland . Whiched bummed me out the the sandwich roll was great. Maybe the key is don't order the roast beef.