review: galaxy cafe south

Highlights from Galaxy Cafe’s South location last night:

Salad. Crunchy romaine lettuce with lots of cabbage, fresh tomato, and onion. I was so in the mood for a crunchy salad, not a spinach or mesclun greens salad a lot of restaurants have taken to serving these days. I love shallots, so when I saw they offered a roasted shallot vinaigrette I had to have it. The verdict? I probably could’ve drank the stuff if given the opportunity, it was that good. I would go back just for the salad.

Pesto & Mozzarella Polenta Cakes off the dinner specials menu. It did look like sort of a small portion when it came, but once I was done I was decidedly full. The polenta was cooked to perfection and seasoned with italian spices, topped with mozzarella, grilled tomato, and grated parmesan. To top it off, all of the cheesy, tomato-y splendor was bathed in a roasted red pepper sauce. Next time I make polenta at home I’m going to attempt to replicate this, but something tells me I won’t be able to…

Whipped Sweet Potatoes for “dessert”. Light, perfectly cooked, with a good amount of brown sugar and (I suspect) nutmeg. No lumps! It was like eating a cloud made of sweet potatoes. I can’t even begin to tell you how good these are. Galaxy also offers sweet potato fries, which I have a particular affinity for, but I don’t think I could resist these whipped sweet potatoes even for something fried. Which says a lot.

Places that do standard American fare with inventive twists on them just have a special place in my heart, and for that reason alone I’ll definitely be back to Galaxy South, because they do it extremely well. Second reason for going back: to dip sweet potato fries in whipped sweet potatoes. Don’t judge.