I used to be really scared of Galaxcy Pizza. I have an irrational fear of a lot of pizza places I’ve never been to. I think it stems mostly from the creeps who hang out at Napoli Pizza on Polk and the pizza places I’ve visited on Haight Street. That old saying that pizza is like sex, even when it’s bad it’s pretty good; I’ve never believed either side of that equation. Bad sex and bad pizza: both can be really REALLY bad. Like scary bad. I used to walk by Galaxcy Pizza pretty often while on my way to the (now tragically shuttered) Central YMCA. The whole block of Golden Gate between Hyde and Leavenworth is pretty unpleasant. One of my favorite stories that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at is when I walked past a young lady pushing a stroller and a young man asked her if she wanted to smoke out with him. She stopped and very seriously and sternly said Hell no, she was with her baby! There was a dramatic pause before she burst and laughing and said “I’m just kidding! Let’s go!” It’s sad to see all the kids on the sidewalk throwing footballs and riding scooters around old guys passed out on the ground. So yeah, I had some negative associations with Galaxcy pizza. Also, they have a “c” in their name, how weird is that?
One day when I was searching GrubHub for some lunch I decided to check out Galaxcy’s menu and was surprised when it had my mouth-watering and my stomach growling. All of their special pizzas sounded really good to me, and I liked the naming conventions (they’re all named after a celestial body in our milky way galaxy), it made me think that someone pretty clever was running the joint. I didn’t end up ordering from Galaxcy that day, but I mentioned to Steve that I was really interested in trying it. He was down too, saying that he’d heard they had a good happy hour. We had tickets to see David Byrne at City Arts and Lectures at the Herbst Theater, and we figured that Galaxcy Pizza would be a good pre-show dinner spot. I met Steve there after work on Tuesday.
The happy hour deal turned out to be $5 dollar pitchers. Not too shabby, huh? We started off with a pitcher of Fat Tire. Check it out, a pitcher of Fat Tire for just 5 bucks! It’s practically too good to be true!
Oops, that’s because it is. It’s a teeny tiny pitcher! We had a good laugh over that, but it still turned out to be a pretty good deal, because we got 2 pints and change out of it.
Before we go any further, I guess I should talk about my impressions of Galaxcy, especially since I’ve already spent such a long time talking about my “judge a book by its cover” impressions. Wow. I was pretty surprised; Galaxcy is really nice inside. It looks modern and clean, totally not what I expected. Their trashcan says “Mahalo” for some reason;
I thought that was pretty cute. They have some cheesy sample home sort of decorations, but for some reason they seemed sweet instead of weird and “trying too hard.” Also, for the vast majority of our meal we were the only people there. There were a couple people who came in to pick up take out orders and this cracked out lady:
Who ordered a slice to go, but then I think left and didn’t come back. So yeah, I was totally off base about this place. I was completely charmed and we hadn’t even ordered yet.
So let’s get back to the food. Here’s the list of specials that, as I mentioned before, are named after space stuff:
They all sounded pretty delicious to me, except the sun. I just can’t get down with pineapple on pizza; Steve thinks I’ll learn to appreciate it when I’m older. Anyway, the pizzas I was most interested in were the Neptune, the Uranus and the Venus. We ended up ordering the Venus, I think because Steve loves pesto. We were a little surprised that they didn’t have Caesar salad on the menu;
but we shrugged it off and went with the Chicken Salad.
I was again pleasantly surprised by this salad. All the produce was fresh and tasty and I liked that the dressing came on the side. I really liked the chicken, but Steve didn’t, which is odd because, if you’ll recall, we had opposite reactions to the chicken at Hank’s Eats. I found this chicken to be pretty much the same as the chicken at Hank’s with a few important distinctions: this chicken was served warm instead of bizarrely freezing cold, it was moist and flavorful instead of dry and bland, and it was edible. It was similar in flavor to a McNugget, which is fine by me.
The pizza arrived
and we both thought it was pretty big for a small. The blackened bits on the crust were promising, as was the aroma wafting from the pie.
Yum. This is definitely one of the best pizzas I’ve had in the Tenderloin, and one of the best from a place that seems to focus mainly on delivery and take out. The crust was really crispy, not soggy at all and not chewy either, and the pesto and cheese both tasted real. The combination of toppings worked nearly perfectly, and it was pretty surprising that with the heavy load of veggies the crust stayed so dry. That was impressive. The only negative I have is that I would occasionally get a hint of a chlorine-y flavor. It was something I’ve experienced before and I’m pretty sure the origin was the crust. I can forgive it though because it was faint and not in every bite.
So, who knew? Galaxcy Pizza, despite an oddly placed extra letter and a kind of scary/dirty exterior is a pretty solid place to get a pizza pie. And check out these delivery deals:
A two topping large pizza for $11.99? We’re practically getting into Pizza Hut territory here. I’m looking forward to trying more of Galaxcy’s combos in the future.
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