Surely you’ve heard of, and maybe even visited, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park. It’s definitely one of my favorite L.A. places, which I enjoy introducing to friends. The warm, summery weather we’ve been enjoying lately has got me craving one of my favorite hot weather beverages that I can only get there.
Among the 400+ sodas that Galco’s owner John Nese stocks is something that is called Mr. Q. Cumber. Yep, cucumber flavored soda. Many turn their nose up at the very idea. But, I’m here to tell you that it is actually quite tasty and very refreshing.
An outing to Galco’s is always an experience. It’s really fun to peruse the shelves to find new things you’ve never tasted or those classic drinks you remember from your childhood. John is usually stocking the shelves and is more than happy to share his extensive knowledge of any and every product in his store. He is clearly passionate about soda and his enthusiasm is contagious. I find it hard to leave the place without a case or two of liquid goodness. It’s not cheap, so I either splurge or just make due with a few bottles. There is a “Case Club Card” you can get if you do buy in bulk.
When I visit Galco’s, I pretty much stick to the soda pop and the various nostalgic candies they also sell. If you don’t have such a sweet tooth though, you might want to head to the Italian deli in the back. I’ve heard the sandwiches are quite tasty, but can’t vouch for them myself. Aside from the sugar sandwiches, you can also find a wide selection of beer from all over the world. Sometimes a token of the past makes a nice gift and Galco’s does ship. You can shop from their online store, however I recommend you go there in person.
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop is located at 5702 York Boulevard in Highland Park.