Clearman’s Galley “The Boat” has finally reopened after being closed for over a year while moving from the original location around the corner. Originally, since 1968 until last year, customers of the Galley ordered the best chili cheese burgers in L.A. while actually walking through the hull of a 1913 mail-service boat that once plowed the seas off Alaska. It was an icon of the neighborhood which upon sighting signaled, like a lighthouse, that you are home. After ordering your burgers in the rustic steel belly of the old vessel you then watched, smelled, and could hear your burgers sizzle on the griddle, or fries being dropped into the deep fry, and see the cheese bread toasted in the oven, all just inches away in the small galley with portholes overlooking Huntington Blvd. That big pot of their special chili was right under your nose. Carney’s still offers the same type of ambiance but in a real train car. Such teasing of multiple senses really increased the anticipation and expectation of, and thereby leading to, a more intense and rewarding “Chow-moment” soon to follow once your hands and mouth get involved, much in the same way that stimulating curiosity with a little sophisticated foreplay arouses a desire and full participation in one of life’s other multi-sensory pleasures (i.e., learning), which then climaxes in a more heightened “Understanding” of the subject matter. Hence, us many loyal lovers affectionately referred to Clearman’s Galley as "The Boat.” The Boat is also well known for their Chili Size with salad and toasted cheese bread (the same great cheese bread as Clearman’s North Woods Inn located next door) , and deep fried Fish & Fries dinner – all great food at reasonable prices, but…
The first thing former lovers will notice about the new “Boat” is that the “Boat” is gone and apparently was lost in the treacherous corporate seas which lack a sense of community. You can spot the new place by looking for a pile of plywood in the shape of a boat that is not quite Disney quality. The new building looks like a Disney wharf. The galley has been replaced with a long modern stainless steel kitchen with a cafeteria like counter. The dining room is a large sports-bar with lots of flat screens and a large case of model boats and ships – none resemble “The Boat.” The food is the same (very good) and many may be pleased to forego the preludes, pay, take their number to the table, enjoy a Schooner of beer and once the food arrives -- just get it over with quick – ah, corporate wharf rats.
Clearman’s Galley, “The Boat,” or now maybe, “The Boatless Wharf”
7215 N. Rosemead Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA
M-Th 11-9 pm
F – 11-10 pm
Sat 11-10 pm
Sun 10–10 pm