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The Hangar in River Park Review

The Hangar is a relatively new restaurant in River Park, taking over the remaining half of the former World Sports Cafe (JPot took the other half first a few months earlier) back in 2019. However, COVID-19 would be just a few months away, so when it struck, Mike and I rarely went to River Park. But now that COVID-19’s presence in California is substantially less, businesses are for the most part welcoming. The Hangar was actually not our first pick, as we were looking forward to the BarrelHouse. Sadly, they’re just a brewery, so they don’t serve food. Though, their tables were set up to place food orders from the Hangar. We decided to go to Yard House second.

Mike and I were wanting to enter and have a bigger table for additional people that would show up. However, they said all members of party must be present; definitely a dumb policy. Defeated and hungry, we had to check out the Hangar. As its name suggests, it is Airplane themed. The entrance is a runway with blinking red lights, the top of the building is decked with red lights, and there’s even a windsock up there. The interior is of industrial architecture, but unlike the dark atmosphere of Lincoln’s, the Hangar’s is bright white with red accents. Even the ceiling fan has a red hub to it. All else, it resembles a welcoming, old fashion diner, like Denny’s.

As for ordering and the food, I was impressed that you could simply sit down and order digitally at your table (like a McDonald’s!), or order normally, of course. The Hanger serves mostly burgers, of which I was impressed with (which again, reminds me of a Denny’s, as their burgers too are good). The sides too are great; the fries are slightly Cajun seasoned and ridged. Their onion ring order is elaborate, as they are stacked up high and served on a contraption that resembles an airplane and holds two choices of your sauce. They also have drinks, but it’s a small selection of beer (one of them being BarrelHouse).

St. Patrick’s Day in Fresno

Yard House (River Park)

We’ve already Apple Bee’s St. Patrick’s Day themed drinks, so Yard House was a logical decision for this day. Their St Patrick’s Day options included beer mixes of Guinness (a dry Irish Stout) and Yard House’s own brews. I opted for the Guinness Yard House Honey Blend, while Mike had a Jameson Irish Whiskey and Coke. They also had a special food option: Irish Loaded Fries. It is a fiesta of sweet Jalopenos, sour cream, corned beef (cured beef), chives, fries and beer cheese.

Irish Loaded Fries. Image from Yard House‘s Twitter account

Mad Duck Craft Brews (Northwest)

As seen in the name, Mad Duck brews their own beers. We dropped by here while waiting for Aisling Bog Pub to open. They have 3 locations, with the Northwest (7050 N Marks Ave) being the location we were at. Having already eaten, I just stuck with drinking one of their beers, a Honey Pot Blonde that was tinted green for St Patrick’s Day. Mike did another cocktail, but this time it was a Proper 12 and Pepsi.

Conor McGregor, the founder of Proper 12.

Aisling Bog Pub

Unfortunately, we couldn’t do anything here because a food order ($10) is required to drink. They open at 3pm, which is why we snuck over to the Mad Duck. Maybe next time I’ll properly check this place out.

The Shanty

This place completely flaunts COVID-19 guidelines. It has indoor operation that acts as if COVID-19 never happened; there are no plexiglass windows and no social distancing whatsoever, as people in the bar seats are very close to one another. My visit here didn’t last long when one of the people here requested I take my mask off. No thank you, I wasn’t planning on staying anyway, as the atmosphere in and out is musty and full of carcinogenic tobacco smoke.