Poutine, the decadent French Canadian classic, has been making inroads into L.A.’s food scene for a while now (we even got our own location of the Toronto-based Smoke’s Poutinerie last year). And why shouldn’t it? It has fries, cheese, and gravy—the holy triumvirate of drunk munchies—making it the perfect change-up from your normal post-last-call taco routine.
In North Hollywood, though, you don’t have to wait for the bar to shut down before you indulge; on Mondays and Tuesdays, The Federal Bar becomes a poutinerie. “Poutine is the perfect bar food. It’s comfort food, but can easily be elevated and is a great pairing with many different styles of beer,” says general manager Steve Simon.
There are also plenty of different styles of poutine on offer. There’s the classic with cheese curds and grain mustard gravy, plus five other variations, from a breakfasty version topped with avocado and a fried egg, to one called The Angry Chicken with wing sauce and blue cheese. Non-traditionalists can go further and design their own sloppy creations, choosing soyrizo, short ribs, crispy onions, bacon, brussel sprouts, and other toppings. The base is also negotiable with options like sweet potato fries and tater tots alongside classic house fries. There’s even a s’mores-inspired dessert poutine if you’re into that sort of thing.
The poutine is available both in the main room and upstairs in the lounge, where they host live band karaoke on Mondays and jazz on Tuesdays.
The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, (818) 980-2555. Poutine is available Mondays and Tuesdays, starting at 6 p.m.