Before it had even been open a week, my family and I headed over to The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge out of sheer curiosity. The restaurant is the one and only restaurant located in the terminal at Albert Whitted Airport, and by the looks of it, it takes up most, if not all, of the second floor of the terminal. The restaurant itself has the feel of any typical airport restaurant, but with some history and memorabilia related to the Albert Whitted Airport. There are seats at the bar or tables inside, but the whole draw for my family and I was the outside seating overlooking the runway and the waterfront beyond. Diners seated on the outside patio can enjoy watching planes take off and it was great entertainment for the adults and few children that were seated around us. Just a note in advance, it can get loud while some of the small planes are waiting for takeoff, but it was still enjoyable for us.
For drinks, there is a full liquor bar available, and a wine and beer list. We ordered the Riesling, which was a nice complement to the Cheese Fondue that was served with granny smith apples and sourdough bread for dipping. The fondue was delicious, but not really a fondue in the traditional sense that you get a fondue pot, but lovely, nonetheless. Also, while waiting, they brought us toast points with a vegetarian bean dip that was quite tasty and garlicky. For dinner, we tried the Wild Mushroom Ravioli that is covered with a parmesan truffle cream sauce and served with grilled asparagus on top. Again, this was quite delicious and I was quite surprised because I was not sure what to expect from an airport restaurant.
The service there was good and I was pleased with our experience there. I read on the restaurant's website that they play live jazz on Thursday evenings, so I would probably enjoy stopping in for that sometime. Another good fact to know is that they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which leaves one with a lot of options for stopping in and checking it out.
540 1st Street SE
St Petersburg, FL 33701