dineLA Sneak Peek: The Federal Bar in North Hollywood


As a NoHo-ian. A NoHo-er. Ok, as someone who lives in NoHo, I was stoked to hear that The Federal Bar will be participating in dineLA (7/18-7/31). I’ve frequented their sick brunch deal before but never hung around for lunch or dinner.

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The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Side bar: No matter what LA hood you reside, you must try their brunch. Entrees and bottomless mimosas for two will run you 30 bucks. The Federal is close to 101 and 170 exit or if you want to save some gas – it’s walking distance to the North Hollywood stations for the Metro Orange Line and Red Line.

beerBut I digress. Breakfast isn’t the only thing they do well. They’ll be offering both a special weekday prix fixe lunch and daily dinner menus with some of their signature dishes for the annual dineL.A. Restaurant Week. You don’t need a ticket to go, but reservations are recommended.

It’s $20 a person for the two-course lunch which includes soda, iced tea or coffee. Dinner is gonna run $29 per person and includes one of their draft beers.

Beer lovers rejoice because you have a great selection. I opted for the lighter of the bunch, a Craftsman 1903. Wanna try some more brews from their extensive menu? Come early for their daily happy hour from 3-6pm. $2 off beer, $3 house wine and $3-7 cocktails.

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Front Bar

For appetizers, you get a choice of the smoked wings, quinoa & kale or the house bacon mac & cheese. I opted for the latter because bacon and cheese! It did not disappoint. Made with their house made bacon, a three cheese sauce and shell pasta with a panko crust. It was a little spicy. A little crunchy. And a whole lot of cheesy bacon goodness.

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House Bacon Mac & Cheese

burger on streetEntrees included a grilled veggie bowl, red sangria poached white fish, beef short rib or their MCO Burger (MOO-CLUCK-OINK). What is that MCO you ask? Well, just a little piece of meat heaven. They have a beef patty with bacon, lettuce and tomato and a sunny side up egg.

I almost didn’t want to eat it, because it looked so lovely. But clearly, I did. This is served with either fries or brussels sprouts and since I really wanted to carb it up – I opted for the fries.


This was my favorite tied with the short rib because I’m a true carnivore. But the vegetarians and pescatarians at the table thoroughly enjoyed the veggie bowl and fish options.

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Short Ribs

For dessert, they have a warm rocky road skillet with vanilla bean sauce or a caramel budino with almond biscotti.


Rocky Road Skillet

This was a complete tie for me. Go with a friend and each get one. Variety is the spice of life! In fact, share everything because it was just that good.

Christina B

Left to my own devices I would most certainly live off microwave dinners and cereal. My backyard has a lime tree, though. And I make killer margaritas with them. That’s gotta count for some domestic goddess points. Am I right? My lack of culinary skill in the kitchen doesn’t change the fact that I love to eat. I’ll try anything. I’ve even grubbed on a grasshopper. It was covered in chocolate, but it COUNTS. I’m adventurous, darnit! I love diving in and sampling new things from different cultures. Extra points if I’m in the country the food is native to. Bonus points, if it’s paired with wine. I’m excited to explore LA and see what this city of mine has to feed me. Maybe I’ll even learn how to cook along the way.