On the cold days of February, there aren’t many things that will warm you up quite like a Galley Old-Fashioned. I first had an old-fashioned at the Galley and it is definitely my first choice cocktail here and the best old-fashioned in town. Or on the occasional 60 degree day like we had this week, the newly updated cocktail menu offers another good selection: the Marie Antoinette. This cocktail is sweetly named after our town’s inspiration and is a favorite among all who try it.

Be sure to stop by The Galley during this year’s MOV Restaurant Week for a cocktail and one of the delicious appetizer, entree and dessert choices. The warm lighting is perfect for a happy hour or two after work or a cozy, intimate dinner. The booths in the back provide comfort and a nice view of the restaurant (as well as of a TV for those who more sports-inclined). My favorite spot to eat a meal is at the bar at The Galley, where you can watch the bartenders make the hand-crafted cocktails right in front of you and enjoy great conversation.

Start off Restaurant Week with a restaurant classic – the calamari which certainly does not disappoint. With a bit of spice, The Galley’s version is zesty, hand-breaded calamari, served with bread banana peppers and a house-made chipotle mayo. This is a go to appetizer any night of the week and goes well with a draft beer or white wine. If you’re in search of a lighter option the mixed green salad is made fresh to order with several delicious veggie toppings.

Now, onto entrees where you have three great choices: Marinated Hanger Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and French Fries, Herb Roasted Chicken with Spinach, Cheddar Grits & Cipollini Onion Ragu, or the Westor Ross Salmon with Oyster Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Asiago Dumplings. I tried the Salmon entree and was very impressed with the presentation and taste. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the asiago dumplings provided a complementary, though unique flavor. I definitely recommend. As a server at the Galley, I have been consistently impressed with the combinations and sauces that our Chefs use. All three of these choices are newer menu items, and I do not believe one could go wrong. As someone who doesn’t eat steak

I cannot say that I have tried the Hanger Steak, but oh the Chimichurri Sauce is pretty amazing, and I imagine goes great with the steak. I further consulted another server who calls the herb roasted chicken “one of her top picks.” Kat Collins further describes the chicken as juicy in a good way and the cheddar grits as one of her favorite parts. If you’re considering glancing at the regular menu, I can’t recommend the salads enough – the Little Gem Caesar with Salmon or the Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Salads both offer lighter fare. Another quick favorite, though newer to the menu is the Gemelli pasta which is made in-house, served with a bacon cream sauce, crispy brussel sprout leaves and butternut squash – a great fall and winter dish!

To save the best part for last, there are two great dessert options: Hummingbird Cake and Espresso Creme Brulee. As someone who loves and consistently orders creme brulee, I decided to branch out and try the Hummingbird Cake. Okay, this cake could be a meal in itself! But, definitely a meal you will not want to miss. There are some light flavors of banana, cinnamon and other great spices. This is definitely a dessert to try!

As I mentioned, I work at the Galley, I mention this to let you know I may have a bit of a bias, but then again, I am spending time outside of work to describe these menu choices. The Galley is a place where once you go you almost always come back and that is how I feel about working here, I enjoy coming to work and on days off, coming in to eat. Before I started working at the Galley, both the restaurant and the Adelphia were common destinations for my friends and I; now, it is even more of a stopping place, whether coming for a great meal at the beginning of the night or closing the bar with good live music at the end of the night! Not only are the food and drink choices superior, the staff are friendly and welcoming. Make sure to look at the upcoming Seventh Son Brewing Company Beer Dinner – a 5 Course Pairing on March 21 6-9.

I encourage all to make it to the Galley before the end of MOV Restaurant Week and after!