I’ve taken a long break from restaurant reviews, but we have had to refresh our reservoir of places and experiences. We were running out! We have had the chance to visit some really unique places, and I hope you get to try them out. Once in a while, we like to mix it up with our restaurants. Sure, we have our favorites, but you gotta try something new once in a while, right? Otherwise, you don’t know what’s out there AND you get stuck in a food rut. Plus, if the new place is really terrible, it makes you appreciate your “old favorite” all the more.
Fortunately, that was not the case with The Blue Hangar Cafe. Here are the details:
Address: 700 Boeing Way Roanoke, TX 76262
Rating: Food – 4 out of 5. Service – 4 out of 5. Ambiance – 5 out of 5. (My rating is based on judging it against other “Cafes”, not against 5 star restaurants.)
Price per plate: Anywhere from $5 – $15.
Hours – Saturday 10:30am – 2pm. Open for Breakfast only on Saturday from 7am – 11am.
The breakfast food was surprisingly good. The coffee was strong (not the typical “brown water” coffee that a lot of smaller cafes serve), the pancakes were light, fluffy, and perfectly golden brown, and even the presentation was good. I got the pancakes and Carissa chose the eggs, bacon, and fruit pate. I was very pleasantly surprised since I went into this place expecting the best thing about it to be the scenery.
You see, The Blue Hangar Cafe was actually a plane hangar at one time. It’s patio sits 50 feet from the Roanoke private airport runway. I chose this place because my wife loves small planes – her dad owned a small plane when she was growing up, and he would take her out flying on the weekends. I thought it would be nostalgic and fun for her, but it turned out that I really enjoyed it too.
It was such a unique experience to be sitting there having breakfast while these privately owned (some of them from WWII) very fast planes take off, land, and do tricks in the air. It was kind of like going to a private air show. And if we wanted, several of the pilots offered to take us up with them. My head said “No”, but my heart said “Yes.” Unfortunately, our schedule said “No” as well, but I’m going to try to go up next time. There was a flying school on the other side of the runway, and every weekend they have hangar sales where they sell anything from old collectibles to actual planes. There are silent auctions as well, and it was kind of like having a catered, high-end garage sale. I like old stuff, and these folks had some really amazing collectibles.
If you are looking to mix it up and have a truly unique breakfast experience, I recommend you try the Blue Hangar Cafe. It won’t be the best food you have ever eaten and it won’t be the most romantic spot. Don’t take your wife here for your anniversary. But the experience was truly unique, and if you are looking for a fun date to break out of the rut you are stuck in, this may be the place for you.