Back when the Mettman and I worked together, one of our favorite places to get an inexpensive dinner was the Submarine Galley. He has known about this place for over fifteen years, probably closer to twenty. It is kind of on his way in to work and we had made our Thursday night shift the Sub Galley shift. Thursday is the day our favorite sub, the half combo, is on sale.
The Sub Galley is a dive bar, plain and simple. Located a block from the University of Cincinnati campus, it’s not a student hangout, but a place where local “heavy drinkers” show up and show up early. But don’t think you can just hang out on the street because as you can see below, it’s not allowed.
The inside is typical for this type of bar. It’s dark, grimy and there is a whole lot of wood.
You can see in the last photo that at least the kitchen is not hard to find. Make sure you check out the interesting painting on the wall on the right below the vintage Reds poster. And though it’s hard to tell, the large screen TV on the wall is actually a large projection console type and the screen is shattered. It has been like that since I’ve been going there for subs, which is at least three years. They are always playing some foreign language karate DVD during the day. I think this is probably because the “Chef” in this galley is Korean.
A couple of minutes and $6.90 later, the Mettman was walking out of The Galley with two subs. That’s right, on Thursdays these delicious subs are only $3.45 each. We don’t get them the rest of the week because the normal price is $3.95, which of course, is still less than the crap at Subway. Diagonally across from the Galley is Bogarts, a local music venue that has many interesting mixes of bands doing live shows. If you plan it right, you could probably catch a great concert after devouring a half-combo.
When we bring these in, the rest of the crowd gets jealous. We use to do the Galley on day run, but trying to get twelve or more of these at once out of that little kitchen can be a chore. Additionally, someone always bitches when we charged them $3.50. We collected the orders, money and drive up to the Galley and back and these cheap bastards wanted their nickel back.
Here is the combo in the wrapper. Mettman like to decorate his for dramatic effect.
First wrapper layer off:
A closeup of the chili sauce. This stuff is unbelievable. So good and it has a real nice kick.
This shot gives you a nice view of the layering of all the meat.
The bread is locally made especially for the Galley’s Chef. It is chewy and always fresh.
As you can see by Mettman’s hand, there is no eating this thing without making a mess.
So you had better have a few napkins ready to go.
If you like a great sub and you ever find yourself in Cincinnati, especially if you happen to be near the UC campus, you owe it to your belly to stop in the Submarine Galley.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Mettman for taking care of me on my last day at the Gulag. A better co-worker would be impossible to find.
For a great sub at a great price, I give the half-combo a solid 10 out of 10.