When people talk to me about The Federal Bar in North Hollywood, it’s usually about a concert or a comedy show that they recently saw. Another friend of mine who works in the NoHo area said that it is a popular place for meeting up with friends for drinks during Happy Hour. What you may not know about The Federal Bar is that it is a great place to go for weekend brunch with the family!
Located at the corner of Lankershim Blvd & Weddington Street, The Federal Bar is known to locals as a popular nightclub or bar. However, as you can see from this photo, plenty of people “belly up to the bar” for daytime get-togethers! Perhaps over Bloody Marys?
After we parked our car in the adjoining lot, my family checked in with the hostess & we were promptly seated in a booth. The staff was very friendly & gave great recommendations. After checking out the menu, my hubby & I decided to order two popular egg dishes & pancakes for our kiddo.
While we were waiting, my daughter & hubby played a game on hubby’s phone & I zoned out to The Federal Bar’s awesome music selection. They played a couple of Red Hot Chili Pepper songs, Jeff Buckley & tons of other great bands.
When our food arrived, we were super excited to try out the dishes. Here is my daughter’s Wheat Gluten-Free Pancakes. It came with a side of syrup, butter and a lemon & blueberry creme. Normally my kiddo just eats her pancakes drowned in syrup, but she tasted the lemon & blueberry creme & couldn’t get enough of it!
My husband ordered the Eggs Bennie which is an English muffin, poached eggs with a pulled pork & topped with a whole grain mustard hollandaise sauce. It was tasty but in a way it was on the small side. I think my husband would have enjoyed it more had it come with more pulled pork or if he had ordered a side dish of breakfast potatoes to go with the Eggs Bennie.
Last but certainly not least was my Wild Mushroom Polenta. This is what the waitress had recommended to me & I am sure glad that I took her up on the recommendation! The polenta comes with NY Steak, salsa, feta cheese, chives & poached eggs. It was a big bowl of deliciousness & for $14 that is a good deal! This same dish over in Santa Monica or somewhere else on the Westside would probably cost $18.
Check out the yummy runny goodness of the poached egg!
Overall it was a great brunch & a wonderful alternative to going to a restaurant on busy Ventura Blvd. The staff is friendly & attentive, parking is easy & there is plenty of room inside the restaurant. The photo below shows the backroom area with even more seating (we were seated in the front room). Also in the backroom is a small stage. When we were heading to our car in the parking lot, we saw musicians unpacking their instruments, so I assume they were going to be the brunch entertainment for The Federal Bar.
For more info on The Federal Bar, check out their website here.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received a complimentary meal which helped facilitate this review. All images & opinions are 100% my own.