My readers know that when I find something fun, great or simply fantastic, I can’t wait to share it with them. Well that’s how I feel about Hanger 54 Grill. Located at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, this bar and grill has history.
At the entrance and at the back of the bar you’ll notice airplane propellers. They’re the real deal, a donation from some local aviation enthusiasts. The restaurants décor is that of flight with a story behind it. On the booth tables you’ll find historical news print from Pearl Harbor, Amelia Earhart, the Bermuda Triangle and the Wright Brothers. The clocks on display along the back-wall feature nine different time zones.
Even the name itself, Hanger 54 is a part of history. It comes from the actual hanger by the same name in Oahu, HI at Pearl Harbor. It is part of two hangers that survived the attack on December 7, 1941.
The menu offers an extensive variety; seafood, ribs, pasta, soups, sandwiches, burgers and wings to name a few. They serve wine, spirits, cocktails, beer on tap and bottles. I decided to break from my comfort zone and try the Bleucy Lucy; a fresh ground steer burger, chargrilled, stuffed with blue cheese and bacon crumbles topped with bleu cheese sauce. The minute I cut into the burger, juice spilled out, while the inside revealed tender meat throughout as the bleu cheese sauce oozed over the burger. The flavor wasn’t overwhelming, adding the right balance to the meat. Crispy fries come with the meal.
I even tried the carrot cake; three, moist layers of cake with alternating icing between each layer, chocked full of carrots and nuts. The serving size was enough to share with another person; my invisible boyfriend.
Finally, customer service is top priority here and it shows. In this day and age, it’s a rarity. Ryan, whom I found out later is one of the owners, checked on me throughout my meal making sure that I had everything I needed to make my visit a pleasant one.
Overall: If I lived near the area, I would surely become a regular. If you’re ever in town, Hanger 54 is one not to miss.