The Hangar, a bar and grill on Houston Road, is the kind of place people go to have a good time. Is it beautiful? No. Is the food fantastic? Not really. But looking at their website, it’s easy to see that they are making people happy with the food and entertainment they offer.
Because they allow smoking, diners must be 21 or older and we had to get our food to go. While we waited, we took in the pool tables, the eight televisions and the gaming machines. The regulars started coming in after about 45 minutes and the mood started shifting to party time. Our server was friendly and helpful with suggestions.
We started with the quesadillas for $9.49, available either with chicken or ribeye. They were oniony and delicious with the chicken, just enough cheese and peppers to fill them out. The other appetizers are the standards most bars offer, with the exception of their fried green tomatoes -- firm tomatoes fried in a flour/corn meal blend that kept their snap.
We had heard that the Build your Own Burgers were good, but our server seemed to be steering us away from them and toward the club sandwich. After being disappointed by the club for $8.49, we wished we had built a burger with bacon and onion rings for $9.79 instead. Starting with a Hangar burger for $7.99 or a 747 double burger for $9.99, you can add cheese, green onions, chili, onion rings or jalapeños for 79 cents each, and bacon or mushrooms for 99 cents each.
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At $8.99, the chicken salad sandwich was a bit thin for the price but it tasted pretty good. The 6-ounce ribeye sandwich for $10.79 was tasty after the first bite, which was a chunk of pure fat. Rumor has it that they hand trim their meat but they must have missed that bit.
It’s not on the website menu, but the chicken philly sandwich consisted of well-seasoned chicken, grilled peppers and melted cheese smothering a hoagie roll. There are also wings, salads and pastas available.
We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try their deep fried desserts, so we ordered the fried Oreos and Reese’s cups for $2.99 each. The Oreos, coated in batter and fried until the outside is crunchy, tasted better than they looked. The Reese’s cups didn’t fair as well, ending up totally gooey and raw on the inside. My guess is that they weren’t real Reese’s cups either, but it’s hard to tell when they’re coated in goop.
Overall, the Hangar is probably a pretty fun place to go hear music and drink adult beverages. If you’re hungry while you’re at it, just choose wisely.
Address: 5630 Houston Road
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Varies
Health Rating: 100
Price range: $9.75-$21.49
Rating: 2 stars