Chow, Baby: Wednesday, June 01, 2005
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Stress Factors

Chow, Baby is at that point in its therapy where it is ready to face some of the childhood traumas that have kept it from leading a full, rich, emotionally satisfying life. The star of the latest couch session was Chow, Baby’s ninth-grade English teacher/fiend, who took such joy in cackling, “Your emPHAsis is on the wrong sylLABle” at every opportunity. Evil, evil woman. She had to know that for decades Chow, Baby would be compelled to shun situations it didn’t know how to pronounce.
So it was quite the psychological breakthrough when Chow, Baby, clutching a friend, was able to enter Galligaskin’s (GalLIGaskin’s? GalliGASkin’s?), 5817 Camp Bowie Blvd. Luckily, the atmosphere is not at all scholarly; “Famous since 1972,” Galligaskin’s prepares great submarine sandwiches in a quiet, cool, calming basement-feeling room. With wooden booths. And affable counter service. Chow, Baby free-associated it with the halcyon days of pre-pretentious Austin and stopped hyperventilating.
This place is not for the indecisive. Galligaskin’s offers 22 fillings, ranging geographically from authentic South Philly, like Italian sausage or cold cuts, to authentic Austin, like chicken-fried steak or vegetarian. (Too bad the name Texadelphia is taken. Chow, Baby knows how to pronounce that.) And then you have to decide between white or wheat for your warm Italian roll. Chow, Baby, who has had the real thing in PhilaDELphia, was mightily impressed with G’s cheese steak (7”, $4.89): sliced rib-eye grilled with onions, cherry peppers, and provolone, plus japs and mushrooms if you want. Chow, Baby wanted. The supportive friend hoovered his scrambled egg & cheddar sub (10” $5.69); Chow, Baby barely got one delicious bite. Fries ($1.79) were fresh-cut and hot; there are also onion rings and other fried goodies, plus salads and soup.
It’s GalliGASkin’s! That was easy. Just ask. And now a phobia-free Chow, Baby can plan its long-dreamed-of vacation to the CaRIBbean. In your face, Mrs. D.

Contact Chow, Baby at chowbaby@fwweekly.com.


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