Rural Missouri - December 2011 - (Page 16)

O U T O F T H E W A Y E A T S F He says the food is all fresh and homemade. “I put this menu together, and I like everything on rom the outside, it it. But if I had to make a looks like an abanchoice, the Fire Hawk Dip doned airplane hangar. is my favorite.” From the inside, it’s This spicy appetizer is an entertainment experia blend of buffalo sauce, ence unlike any other in smoked chicken and cream rural Missouri. The Hangar in cheese topped with chedMaryville is a wonderful dindar cheese. It’s served with ing destination. But throw in chips or pita bread. its five-plex cinema and afterCheesy Garlic Propelmovie bar, and you have all lers are another popular the makings for a fun night. treat. These start with “It’s really pretty simple,” garlic-butter-basted pizza says General Manager Richard dough, which is topped Groves, a member of United with a blend of five cheeses Electric Cooperative. “We and Italian seasonings and call it the eat-drink-watch served with a marinara dipapproach to things. You can ping sauce. eat, you can drink or you can Chris recently revamped watch here at The Hangar. Or the sandwich lineup, and you can do all three, which is his favorite is the Grownup what we recommend.” Grilled Cheese. “This isn’t The Hangar began 11 years Chris Cummins, left, and Richard Groves hold two of The Hangar’s signature dishes, Grownup just a grilled cheese with ago with six Quonset-hut type Grilled Cheese and lasagna. The Maryville eatery features fine dining and first-run movies. grown-up added to it,” buildings, the kind farmers he says. “We use cheduse to store feed and equipdar cheese and provolone. It’s on ment. By keeping construction costs sourdough bread, and we toast that low, the designers had more money to with jalapeños, onions, tomatoes, invest in creating a better entertaingreen chilies and bacon. We slice it ment experience, Richard says. and serve it with a side order of our The first thing you notice about The tomato bisque soup.” Hangar is the tail section of a Cessna The restaurant’s Sandwich Board airplane sticking out of the building. includes a slow-roasted turkey BLT, Walk inside, and you see a runway beef brisket, pulled pork and cheddar bacon sandyou, those guys can eat a buffet,” says Chris painted down the middle of the floor. On either wiches. Another offering is the California Rustic: Cummins, restaurant manager. side is seating for the restaurant, which features fresh shaved ham, turkey and bacon topped with Chris is proud of the fact that the Italian-inspired cuisine ranging from provolone and mozzarella served on a basil- and restaurant could stand on its own pasta to specialty pizzas. red-pepper-pesto infused sourdough bun. even without the movie experience. The runway leads to the theaters, Pizzas are another favorite at The Hangar. “Just look around,” he says, pointwhich show the latest Hollywood Join editor Jim McCarty While traditional toppings are available, both ing to the hang gliders attached to releases. No expense was spared in on his visit to The Hangar in Richard and Chris recommend the specialty pizthe ceiling, the random airplane equipping the state-of-the-art cinthe online edition at zas. The War Bird, for example, includes diced parts and aviation-themed movie emas, including one with a 40-foot chicken, red onions, diced tomatoes, ranch dressposters hanging on the walls. screen, among the state’s largest. ing and spicy buffalo sauce, topped with a blend “You’re not going to find a place like this for a Another option at The Hangar is the dinner of five cheeses and Italian seasonings. hundred miles around, if not more.” theater. Guests make reservations, then arrive Ask most regulars who come in starting at 5:45 p.m. for a seat at a for a landing at The Hangar for their table in one of the cinemas. The resfavorites and most will say “pasta.” taurant’s “Flight Crew” serves appeThe Hangar • Diners can choose from spaghetti tizers, entrées, drinks and desserts. Maryville with three different toppings, baked Promptly at 7 p.m., they bring candles Specialties: Italian-inspired cuisine, ziti, fettuccini, cheese ravioli, red to the table for those who are still eatincluding lasagna, baked ziti and spapesto bow-tie and tortellini. By ing, then the lights dim and the show ghetti three ways, along with specialty far the best seller is the lasagna, a begins. pizzas, soup and sandwiches. cheesy delight so gooey you could “In the last year, this concept has sip it with a straw. just exploded on the national scene,” For dessert, Chris recommends Richard says. “Even the big chain Price: $5.99 to $13.99. Cash and the Carmel Toffee Pudding Cake. companies are adding dining to their credit cards accepted; no checks. Picture layers of lightly spiced lobbies. We like to think that 11 years sponge cake, generously speckled ago, we were the first. We are really Details: Open Sunday to Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m., Friday and with chopped dates, then bathed in proud of the fact that Maryville is Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m. Reservations required for dinner thea rich, buttery toffee sauce covering home to one of the first dinner-and-aater. Seats 100 in dining area, 80 in dinner theater. Smoking a cloud of whipped cream. movie cinema concepts.” not allowed. Restaurant also is available for private parties Because this is a college town, There’s also a bar called the Fuel and business functions. prices are kept low. The most expenDock where those 21 and older can sive entrée on the menu is $14. experience everything from beer and Directions: Located at 1602 South Main St. in Maryville, Daily specials also cater to families wine to mixed drinks. on a budget. The Hangar hosts a variety of across the street from Walmart. Located just across from Walmart, groups ranging from birthday parties and open every day, The Hangar has to the perennial nationally ranked Contact: 660-582-7676 or become northwest Missouri’s “final Northwest Missouri State University destination” for food and fun. Bearcat football team. “Let me tell by Jim McCarty Your destination for food and fun The hangar 16 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - December 2011

Rural Missouri - December 2011
Table of COntents
Giggin’ on the Gasconade
A historic rumbling
Bent on perfection
Out of the Way Eats
Christmas country church tour
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Of two governments
Best of rural Missouri
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - December 2011