Come In & Stay Awhile @ Idle Hour In North Hollywood

Front Entrance — by Juvi Guevara
Front Entrance — by Juvi Guevara

Yes, the building looks like a giant barrel, yet it is surprisingly hard to find if you don't know what you're looking for, despite it's very accessible placement right next to the street. Once you see it, though, it is impossible to miss. The atmosphere inside is ALWAYS hopping; even on a Sunday afternoon, they had live music with a country vibe jamming in their enclosed back patio. They also have a spacious indoor dining room and a Western-style bar. Actually, everything is Western-style in here. I won't bore you with the long history of this establishment, but suffice it to say that it's been around sine the 1940's. If you are interested in the specifics, I suggest you look up their website.

Dining Room — by Juvi Guevara
Dining Room — by Juvi Guevara

Upon perusing their drinks menu, I knew I was in trouble. These aren't your ordinary everyday bar drinks. Pb&J Milk Stouts, Cold Brew cocktails, and more than a dozen draft beers. Everything is surprisingly high-quality. From personal experience, the PB&J was pretty good; I've had a regular Peanut Butter Stout before, and I prefer that just because the jam flavor made the beer too sour. It was still good, though.

PB&J Milk Stout — by Juvi Guevara
PB&J Milk Stout — by Juvi Guevara

If you were to ask my friends what my cocktail spirit animal is, they would all immediately shout, “Coffee Cocktail!” And yes, they have one here. I usually don't go for bar cocktails, as they tend to be low-quality and overly-sweet. These guys really know their drank, though! They're using Groundwork Coffee cold brew in their Drunken Elephant Theory, along with Shane Irish Whiskey, Amarula Cream Liqueur, and Cherry Bitters. Creamy, rich, decadent, with quite a sharp bite from that whiskey, and a unique fruity balance from those cherries. (It's really fun trying to fish them out once you've finished your drink). If you don't like the booze portion of it, don't worry, you can also order just a regular cold brew.

Drunken Elephant Theory — by Juvi Guevara
Drunken Elephant Theory — by Juvi Guevara

But what about their food? I'm glad you asked! While most bars are notorious for their nasty bar food, these guys seem to have magic chefs in the kitchen cooking up real, authentic Southern food. My brunch went as follows:

Hannah Banana Bread ($6)- A warm piece of banana bread served with an equally warm side of honey butter. Sweet and simple.

Hannah Banana Bread — by Juvi Guevara
Hannah Banana Bread — by Juvi Guevara

Country Biscuits ($5)- A bit on the hard side around the corners, but still soft and fluffy on the inside. The warm honey butter makes it all okay. You could put that stuff on expired bread, and make it taste better.

Country Biscuits — by Juvi Guevara
Country Biscuits — by Juvi Guevara

Bobby's Brunch Burger ($15)- Applewood Smoked Bacon, fried egg, American cheese, Barrel Sauce, caramelized onions, arugula, and tomato on a Brioche bun, served with a side of either regular fries, sweet potato fries, or onion rings. Simply a delicious burger that craves your attention. Get ready to make a mess, as that fried egg will explode when you try to bite into the burger. This was honestly one of the best balanced burgers I've ever had. Probably due to that Barrel Sauce; which I would swim in if I had the chance.

Bobby's Brunch Burger — by Juvi Guevara
Bobby's Brunch Burger — by Juvi Guevara

The rest of the menu offers a bit of old-country favorites like Cheesy Breakfast Grits, Nutella S'Mores French Toast, Blue Corn Buttermilk Waffles, and Steak & Eggs. No salads here! And for dessert, you have your choice of boozy root beer floats, donuts, cobblers, and Nutella cakes, all made with special ingredients and unparalleled care when it comes bar fare.
And given how fairly-priced everything is and how friendly the service can be, I really can't find anything wrong with this unique little joint. Parking can suck, but welcome to LA.