I don’t go to Long Beach very often, but when I received an invitation to check out the newly opened The Federal Bar, sister to the LA location, I dragged The Hungry Dogg along for the ride. The space is beautiful! Housed in an old bank, the original architecture remains intact and I was told that the bar was where the bank tellers used to sit. Way cool! *my photo does not do it justice)*
We started off with Ace of Spades ($10) — yes, tequila, my favorite! Avion Reposado, Birottet Creme de Mure, Lime and Agave Syrup make up this delicious cocktail. If I didn’t have to drive, I would’ve had a few more!
The menu is comfort-style, gastropub fare. Smoked Trout ($10) arrived on a wooden board with the trout in a jar. Arugula pesto toast, pickled onion and sliced hard boiled egg prettily arranged alongside. I absolutely LOVED this item. The smokiness of the fish, tartness of the onion and freshness of the arugula come together perfect.
The Lamb Chops ($12) were absolutely amazing! Tender, juicy and seasoned just right, the pear mint chutney and chimichurri were ideal accompaniments, especially the chutney! What a unique and creative accoutrement to serve with lamb.
I love kale and I love Brussels sprouts so when we saw Kale & Brussels Sprout Dip ($9) it was a no-brainer. Served warm, it was cheesy but not gloopy and heavy. Served with grilled ciabatta and pork belly chips — another name for delicious bacon — no matter how you eat it, every bite was a joy. The dip warmed up really well the next day and didn’t separate and wasn’t oily at all. Crazy good.
Who doesn’t love Mac N Cheese ($10), and the one here is pretty damn good. Three cheese with roasted poblano peppers, the texture was perfect, not too wet and not too dry. Kick your mac n cheese up a notch or two by adding bacon or short rib. Comfort to the max.
The Federal Burger ($11) is topped with smoked cheddar, bibb lettuce, black peppercorn aioli, balsamic onion and sandwiched between a brioche bun. Loved the interior, wasn’t a big fan of the bun. Served with garlic chips, I couldn’t believe how reasonable this item was! A really good portion for only $11!
We finished with Sweet Bacon Cristo ($8), a sweet, gooey sandwich which I really enjoyed. Chipotle peanut butter, chocolate and drizzled with marshmallow fluff — a first time for me — and it was pretty good, but only a few bites for me!
A really great experience with good food within a beautiful environment. Definitely a winner for the city of Long Beach!
The Federal Bar
102 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802