Last night we headed over to the Galaxie Diner (now known as Valley Diner due to a copyright claim) to check out the newest store to open in Founders’ Circle with a friend. Located in the space which previously held failed ventures Jan’s Brown Bag Deli and La Luz, this is an entirely new restaurant which will directly compete for business with those who currently frequent Suzie’s Kitchen in Rosemount. According to an advertisement which appeared in one of the local junk mail fliers, the owner of Galaxie Diner previously owned by the Uptowner Cafe and Cahill Diner. From the get go I have to admit that I was excited to try another non-chain restaurant serving diner fare–especially when I found that Suzie’s Kitchen in Rosemount was certainly lacking in that department.
I previously viewed the Galaxie Diner menu which was made available to me by a loyal reader and much commentary has already occurred on it in the comments below (which were copied over from the original post for historical purposes). It’s very similar, if not exactly the same aside from different names, to the menu for the Cahill Diner. When I mentioned this fact to my wife she replied, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
Whenever I see a diner-like restaurant the first thing that comes out of my mouth is, “I really hope they have an open faced sandwich,” and thankfully the Galaxie Diner has two of them (roast beef and turkey). Now, they also have plenty of other options including burgers, sandwiches, breakfast all day, as well as shakes and malts. Without even giving it a second thought I knew that I was going to go for the open faced sandwich. My wife, who originally was not going to go but because I found a B1G1 free coupon, ordered her typical burger. I did ask for a side of gravy so that I’d be able to dip some of her fries in it.
We arrived at 5:30 and were the only ones in the place. While it’s relatively new, based on all the traffic the website has been getting for it I assumed that more people would be inside than just us. We were waited on promptly and then given some time to look over the menu. My wife ended up going with the 1/2lb California Galaxie which comes with lettuce, tomato and mayo for $7.75 (they also offer a 1/4lb for $6.25) and she asked for cheese (.40 more) and went with cheddar. My buddy ordered their Fried Egg Ham Burger which is listed as a 1/2lb burger topped with smoky ham, cheese and one fried egg for $8.50. I ordered their Hot Turkey Sandwich (My buddy and I both really wanted their Hot Beef Sandwich but they ran out of roast beef…) which is listed as being served open-faced on white bread with cranberries and mashed potatoes, covered with gravy for $8.50.
Our orders arrived quickly, being that we were the only ones to have ordered (more people arrived in the mean time) and were portioned well. While several others have complained about the prices, I thought that for what we received it was certainly worth it. My Hot Turkey Sandwich was huge. It was sitting on a slice of thick white bread, had plenty of real turkey (no lunch meat here!), and lots of mashed potatoes. The side of cranberry sauce was also nothing to shake a stick at. While it was portioned well, it was lacking distinctive taste and the turkey wasn’t heated thoroughly enough. The cranberries needed to be a little more tart for me (I realize that some would prefer them be sugary so YMMV) but were plentiful. There was more than enough on my plate to split it in half and take the rest home. Overall I liked it but I think it could be better although this may simply be because I had my heart set on the roast beef and not the turkey.
My wife’s California Galaxie was big. It reminded me of the burgers you get at Junior’s Cafe in Eagan. The toppings were fresh and the fries were plentiful. I asked her to order it with a side of beef gravy so I could dip her fries in it and even though I’m not a fry guy, these were very good. Her burger tasted great and even though she intended on only eating half, she plowed her way through the entire thing and believe me people, she has not eaten that much in the last 8.75 months.
My buddy’s Fried Egg Ham Burger also looked good and he happily polished it off without a complaint. He did mention, however, that it still was not as good as the burgers at Bar 508 downtown.
Overall, I liked what I saw at the Galaxie Diner tonight. Do I think that it’s the best diner food to ever pass my lips? No, certainly not, but it definitely is a great start and one that I look forward to coming back to again and again in the future. While I don’t suggest coming from far and wide to try anything we had tonight, I do recommend it over the burgers we’ve had at Suzie’s Kitchen and a variety of other places around town. So if you’re craving a decent burger in the South Metro and don’t feel like hauling over to Junior’s in Eagan, stop in to the Galaxie Diner instead.
Have you eaten at the Galaxie Diner in Apple Valley? If so, what did you have and what did you think of it? Please go ahead and share your thoughts as I’d really love to hear what you have to say!
15322 Galaxie Ave #101
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Monday – Friday: 6 AM – 9 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 7 AM – 9 PM
See all the pictures from Valley Diner on Flickr here.