THE FEDERAL BAR
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I’ve made it no secret that I’m a fan of both the North Hollywood Federal Bar and the Long Beach Federal Bar (for both brunch and dinner). Recently, the popular gastropub, with its two impressive locations, both of which were former bank buildings (the Long Beach space in particular is really beautiful), revamped its menu.
During our recent visit to the original North Hollywood location for dinner, we started with the Drunken Mussels, prepared with cilantro, basil, white wine and served with chive sour dough. This is a great starter item.
While previous favorite dishes have included the Spicy Tuna Tartar, as well as the Fried Brussel Spinach Salad, Mini Stuffed Blue Cheese Burgers, Molten Meatballs, Tots, Ox Tail, and IPA Brasied Short Ribs, this time we opted to try all new dishes.
A new menu item that really hits the spot is the Disco Poutine (poutine is the rage these days), a fine mix of fries topped with braised short rib, Gruyere cheese and a sunny side egg. Bar food doesn’t really get any better.
Another great, hearty dish in the Mac-N-Cheese made with vintage cheddar, chorizo and broccoli. Rich and decadent are apt descriptions for this plate.
White The Federal Bar always has a vast and impressive beer selection, including Allagash Curieux, a favorite of mine, I really wanted to give a couple of the new barrel aged cocktails a try. A sure-fire hit is the Boulevardier, a fine mix of Henry McKenna 10-year single barrel bourbon, Nolly Prat sweet vermouth (instead of Campari apparently), and Luxardo bitters. Fans of the Negroni will love this one.
Likewise, the Pama Piquant Infusion, made with your choice of Tanqueray Gin or Don Julio Silver Tequila (we opted for Don Julio), Pama pomegranate liqueur, infused with fresh cucumber and Serrano peppers, served on the rocks, is a stiff and crowd-pleasing cocktail.