I’m often frustrated when searching for go-to delicious and somewhat healthy dinner options after working late or on days I just don’t feel like cooking. In a city full of tasty, but overly sauced, Old Bay’d and fried bar food options, choosing food from takeout and restaurant menus doesn’t always satisfy. Sometimes, all you want is a home cooked meal with authentic flavor and none of the usual takeout guilt.
The new Galley food delivery service promises to provide that breath of fresh flavor to hungry households from the Washington, D.C. area and just last week began delivery service to neighborhoods (including Canton) in Baltimore as well. Stay Classy Canton invited some friends over for a home cooked meal via Galley on a recent week night and tested the service — from ordering to our stomachs.
Galley keeps its concept simple. Download their app or visit their website and enter your home address. Browse among meal options: there are three lunch and three dinner options available each day. Every meal has a protein component around six ounces, includes vegetables and a starch, and runs around 600-800 calories. Place your order through their website early to ensure they don’t run out (meals are prepared fresh each day so a limited amount of each option are available).
Next, Choose a half hour window for delivery (11 a.m – 2:30 p.m. for lunch or 6 – 8:30 p.m. for dinner). Galley will send you a text when they are close to remind you to preheat your oven and a fully-prepared set of meals arrives at your door 10 minutes later. Remove the plastic covers on the trays and pop them in the oven (recommended time is 10 minutes but we found most meals needed more time than this) and voila! A no fuss dinner is served.
Oh, and you get these awesome little chocolate bites for post-dinner sweet cravings:
So how did meal delivery go for our crew of six? Meal options change every day; on our night we had Mom’s meatloaf, a citrus-brined pork chop, and Asian salmon as our offerings. The meals came a little after our scheduled time, but with text notifications we had our oven already heated so this didn’t slow us down much. We heated each meal for the recommended 10 minutes, and a couple came out a little cold, but it’s nothing popping them back in the oven for a few more minutes can’t fix.
The consensus on our first taste of Galley’s offerings: all of our meals were rich in flavor. Galley won’t skimp on the garlic in the butter you can top your pork chop with, nor will they skimp on the lemon added to the asparagus. The meals were filling enough for dinner without the twinge of regret that usually follows greasy delivery.
Some dishes will naturally reheat better in the oven. The Mom’s meatloaf dish topped with sauce held its moisture best followed closely by the pork chop. The salmon, however, turned up a little dry after reheating. With meals prepared fresh every night, we imagine this isn’t a consistent problem though.
On first taste, the Galley meal experience was convenient, delicious, and added touches like oven-safe heating trays and chocolate surprises convinced us to order again. At prices at $14 or less per meal (tax and delivery fees are included) we won’t break the bank either when dining Galley again. Readers can use the code ‘CLASSY10’ to get $10 off your first order!