Pin It

Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty 

by Susan Hamilton and Ann M. Colford & r & & r & CASUAL Flight 57

The first thing to catch my eye on the menu at HANGAR 57 is the list of grinders. In Boston parlance, a grinder is a hot submarine sandwich -- basically, warm meat with marinara sauce and melted cheese on top. When someone in Spokane uses the term, I feel it's my duty as a Bostonian to check it out. And when chef Tim Hartman tells me he's making real East Coast-style pizza, I do my best Eastwood squint and say, "Bring it on."

I start with the Italian grinder ($8): pepperoni, Canadian bacon, salami, bacon, black olives and provolone, baked on a made-from-scratch sub-style roll with just enough tomato sauce to make the whole thing ooze deliciously together. After only two bites, I'm reminiscing fondly about my days in Portland, Maine, walking past little Mom-and-Pop corner shops that advertised "Hot Italians, three for $10."

The Terminator pizza ($16/medium) comes with salami, Canadian bacon, ham and a five-cheese blend, with crumbled bacon and black olives on top. The crust is thin enough to fold over, New York-style, yet sturdy enough to hold together without getting floppy. It has a fresh-baked flavor, nicely balanced between yeast and salt. There's a layer of naturally sweet tomato sauce ("No sugar added," Hartman assures me) and then the meat and cheese toppings. The emphasis here is on quality over quantity.

"The sauce should be a flavor note," says Hartman. "Everything should work well together. Just because you're cooking pizza doesn't mean it's culinarily less challenging."

The ambience mashes vintage World War II with a dozen or so televisions -- including a projection screen TV for the biggest sporting events. The bar features 57 different martinis and the social hour menu (3-5:30 pm, 9 pm-close) offers $5 grinders and $3 pizza by the slice. And check out the salad bar.

"Maybe it's the trailer in me, but I love a salad bar," laughs Hartman. And the crumbled bacon is real. "You still have to have your standards."


Hangar 57 Pizzeria and Sports Bar, 2911 E. 57th Ave., is open daily 11 am-close (till 2 am on weekends). Call 448-5707.

DINING Made-to-order Menu

"I'm having way too much fun with this," says executive chef Howard Bateman of the Globe Bar and Grill's CUSTOM CUISINE NIGHT.

After eight years working at the Globe, Bateman wanted to shake things up a bit. So he began offering what he calls a unique dining experience for customers each Thursday night.

"It started out as something we offered regular guests who didn't know exactly what they were hungry for," Bateman explains. "Now customers look forward to having something different prepared for them that's not on the menu."

Guests fill out a full-page form and Bateman creates a meal based on their choices. For specialty items, like a particular fish or meat, customers should call ahead from Monday to Wednesday before 6 pm.

Diners appreciate the diversity Custom Cuisine Night offers. Bateman likes the challenge of creating new dishes for customers. Some of Bateman's recent custom meals include a Moroccan-seasoned chicken and eggplant dish served with golden-raisin and pine-nut flavored rice, a Spanish grilled pork tenderloin seasoned with saffron and olive-marsala sauce and a side of myzithra potatoes, and shrimp and green beans with smoked Gouda sauce over fettuccini. The wildest dish Bateman has created is a Mexican-Thai dish with habanero-coconut sauce over seafood pasta.

"The customers have fun," Bateman says. "It's an adventure for me, and I get to come out and explain the dishes to them."


The Globe Bar and Grill's Custom Cuisine Night runs Thursdays from 6 pm-midnight, at 204 N. Division. Call 744-0438.

EVENTS Taste and Nosh

"Normally only winemakers taste wines from the barrel," says Mike Conway, winemaker and owner of Latah Creek Winery. "SPRING BARREL TASTING gives the public a chance to understand the aging process and an education to see how wines change with age." This weekend, 11 wineries will open their doors during the annual free event.


Spokane Winery Association's Spring Barrel Tasting * Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, from 11 am-5 pm * Maps available at each winery: Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruithill Rd., 927-9463, and second floor RiverPark Square, 747-3903; Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave., 465-3591; Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St., 328-5069; Grande Ronde Cellars, 906 W. Second Ave., 455-8161; Robert Karl Cellars, 115 W. Pacific Ave., 363-1353; Knipprath Cellars, 5634 E. Commerce Ave., 534-5121; Latah Creek Winery, 13030 E. Indiana Ave., 926-0164; Lone Canary Winery, 109 S. Scott St., Suite B2, 534-9062; Mountain Dome Winery, 16315 E. Temple Rd., 928-2788; Townshend Cellars, 16112 N. Greenbluff Rd., 238-1400; and Vintage Hill Cellars, 319 W. Second Ave, 624-3792.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Token Democracy
  • Token Democracy

    Would letting Washington voters give taxpayer money to politicians reduce the power of interest groups — or just subsidize politicians?
    • Oct 20, 2016

    Breaking down some of the issues you'll get to vote on this year
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • Shea's World
  • Shea's World

    As Matt Shea seeks re-election, his presence may be felt more in other local races than in his own
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival

Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival @ Riverfront Park

Through Oct. 30

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Most Commented On

  • The Do-Over

    After failing to pass a bus service tax hike last year, Spokane Transit Authority has a plan to get you to vote for it again
    • Oct 6, 2016
  • Defending North Idaho

    Why Heather Scott must go
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


green zone


trail mix

Readers also liked…

  • Grading the Session
  • Grading the Session

    The Idaho Legislature made some wise decisions in Boise, but they still get a "C" for "crazy"
    • Apr 22, 2015
  • Idaho's Oil Country
  • Idaho's Oil Country

    Idaho is poised to tap its fossil fuels; plus, Inslee signs pot reforms into law
    • Apr 29, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation