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Burger Review: REFIRE – The Hangar Grille

The Burger Dude reads his email (and Tweets!) and he is always ready when someone asks for a second chance.

hangar-6aThe Hangar Grille on Magnolia sent in an email explaining the ownership group had changed and they wanted the Burger Dude back. The first review they were given an ‘On The Marquee’ rating but they felt they had made the changes to move up to ‘Tops in Town’.

I reread my original review before we went in to see where the major points of contention were and my number one complaint was the cheese. So in we went.

hangar-4aThe interior is basically the change. We were met as soon as we walked in the door by a very friendly server who quickly got our drinks, gave us some menus with some lunch specials.  As I looked at the menu and all it said for burger was something to the effect of Made to Special Order. I thought that might be a little vague as to what my options were and I started to  wonder what I had gotten myself back into.

But than I spotted a small silver bucket with a paper in it along with some golf pencils that basically let you design the burger of your choice. It is something the Counter also does and leaves nothing to chance or a servers memory in some cases.

Now you are at ease to choose your protein,the temperature (which they did not list medium rare but I wrote that down and the server had no problem with it. You can choose your toppings, your cheese and they have some premium toppings along with some side orders if you want.

Already, I felt a tremendous improvement. The last time I was hear they did not have cheddar cheese but all they had was a Monterey Jack/Pepper Cheese mix that they used. It really sucked. Now you can still have your Pepper Jack cheese (and people will point and say things quietly behind your back) or you can check off the cheddar box.  I also went with the iceberg lettuce, thousand island, white onions, tomatoes, pickle spear and also checked off the avocado box.

hangar-1aWhen the burger came, it looked totally different then last time. The patty was hand made and thick and you could see everything piled up.

The cheddar cheese was melted over the patty and all of the ingredients looked fresh.

I actually had to push it down a bit and remove one of the slices of tomato just to get it in my mouth, okay my big mouth as some of you think, around it. The first bite released some of the juice in the patty that splashed down on the plate. Because the burger was built upside down, the toasted bottom bun had no threat of falling apart. Both buns did a good job of staying together and tasted fresh.

The overall taste was great. Everything that the last burger they put out last November was nothing like this new one.  I totally enjoyed it all the way through. The patty was seasoned and cooked perfect and the flavors all mixed well. My only suggestions would be to put the thousand island in a cup on the side like the ketchup they supply because I would have preferred more and I thought the avocado was a little skimpy, but the taste was absolutely there.

hanger-2aI am really glad that they emailed us to come back and took the time and energy to revamp their old burger. This time I will be back and probably many times, to have this burger and I look forward to trying some of the other things on their menu.

Well done guys!

This kind of why we started our reviews – to find some great burgers out there in places that you may not know about of go to. There are actually a lot of great burger out there!

If someone we have reviewed has made improvements, let us know. We will be glad to come back and try it again.

hangar-3aSide Notes: I ordered a side of cole slaw and it was alright but I really don’t think it was made fresh that day. Nothing like freshly made, juicy cole slaw.  The fries were also an improvement and were cooked to my liking. They seemed as though they were cut and made fresh. For dessert they recommended their chocolate bundt cake and holly cow, that thing was a treat in itself. They make it there on premises and it was nice and warm with a great filling. This rivals all desserts in all restaurants. My only suggestion might have been…how about making it ala mode!

The Hangar Grille is located at 3821 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. 818 842-5250.
Open daily 11:30 am-9:30 pm

The Hangar Grille receives: Tops in Town

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

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New Restaurant/Bar The Hangar Grille Opens In Burbank

Since their soft open on August 6, The Hangar Grille has drawn a steady stream of Burbankers ready to try the new restaurant and bar. Located in the Magnolia Park district, the spot combines tasty eats with comfortable ambiance.

According to the sign outside the restaurant, The Hangar Grille is dedicated “to the city of Burbank and the employees of Lockheed that dedicated their skill and pride in building the best flying machines during Lockheed’s Burbank history.”

The Hangar Grille opened August 6 on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Hangar Grille opened August 6 on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The aeronautic theme makes for a nice vibe inside, with fans, photos and decorative accents, including an open ceiling with exposed piping. Several television screens dot the upper walls. However, the television sound is low so the restaurant is not noisy, but rather an enjoyable place for a conversation.

We stopped by a few days after The Hangar Grille opened, and were charmed by the friendliness of the staff. While we ordered some appetizers and pastas for dinner, the lunch and dinner menus include a host of creative apps, soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers, steaks, BBQ and ribs. For now, the bar offers wine and beer only.

The Hangar Grille's Snapper Ceviche: plantain chips accompany high quality fish seasoned with tangy lime and chopped vegetables. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Hangar Grille’s Snapper Ceviche: plantain chips accompany high quality fish seasoned with tangy lime and chopped vegetables. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

One of our favorites was the Snapper Ceviche, made from a high quality cut of fish. Accompanied by plantain chips instead of the usual tostada, the appetizer was tangy and fresh. The ceviche included pieces of jicama, red pepper, jalepeno and cucumber and was very refreshing.

We also enjoyed the Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. The plate included eight mushrooms filled with breaded crab mix and topped with parmesan cheese. Dipped in the restaurant’s special red pepper aioli sauce, the mushrooms were a hit with the whole family.

The Hangar Grille's Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Hangar Grille’s Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Of the four pasta dishes we ordered, our favorite was the Gemelli & Chicken. Chicken, sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms were sauteed in a light cream sauce with Gemelli pasta. The dish has some Cajun seasoning for a bit of a kick.

In fact, many of the plates we tried had a bit of a kick, incorporating a liberal use of spice and heat. Several of the pasta dishes used cream in the base sauce, making for a heartier, richer plate of pasta.

We enjoyed the Penne Vegetali, with roasted vegetables in a spicy marinara sauce and tossed with penne pasta and cheese. The dish reminded us of ratatouille. The Seafood Linguini was tasty too, very flavorful in a cream sauce.

Gemelli & Chicken at The Hangar Grille. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Gemelli & Chicken at The Hangar Grille. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Penne With Lobster Claws was another favorite dish, combining spinach, tomatoes and penne sauteed with The Hangar Grille’s signature and spicy Santa Fe Cream sauce, and topped with lobster meat and chopped cilantro.

We enjoyed our meal at The Hangar Grille and look forward to returning to try some of the amazing-sounding salads, sandwiches and appetizers. Magnolia Park’s newest eatery, The Hangar Grille, is On The Marquee. With later hours, open until 11:00 p.m., Burbank finally has another option for those of us who eat dinner on the later side or want to go out for a casual drink in the neighborhood.

Restaurant Info: The Hangar Grille is located at 3821 W. Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, CA, 91501. 818-842-5250. The Hangar Grille is open Monday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The Hangar Grille receives: On The Marquee

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)