After a morning of flying the Pinellas County skies and doing battle with the Red Baron in a vintage bi-plane, it was time to land and head for The Hangar ... The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge at the Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg.
In addition to getting me high in the sky in a 1941 Stearman, my bride treated me to lunch at the Hangar located on the second floor of the terminal building overlooking the tarmac and flight line. The diner has a choice of indoor or outdoor seating.
The first order of business for me was a refreshing, ice cold brewski to wash away the trials and tribulations associated with doing battle with the Red Baron above the beaches filled with SPF 600 covered tourists.
The Hangar is open daily from 8am to 10pm daily serving breakfast lunch and dinner. The Belle of Gulf Boulevard and I decided to chow down with a couple of sandwiches recommended by our effervescent server, Jennifer.
The Belle was totally impressed with her Turkey BLT, a house roasted turkey breast with spring greens, fried green tomato, applewood smoked bacon, and chipotle aioli. This BLT is normally served with sourdough bread but my bride requested a wrap instead to cut back on carbs. The BLT wrap was huge and tasty. The fries were nicely crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside.
Feeling the need ... the need for meat ... (yeah, I know it doesn't rhyme) I chose the Philly Steak with tender shaved choice beef, sweet onions, bell peppers, and cheese fondue on a hoagie roll. That was a delicious sandwich that delightfully filled the void created during a morning frolicking amongst the clouds.
The Hangar has a full bar, and a more than just adequate beer and wine selection. This isn't haute cuisine, but it is good, filling, and reasonably priced.