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5 Things to know about The Federal restaurant in Midtown

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The Federal is a reflection of the chef / owners’ travels around the world – part French bistro, part American steakhouse

The Federal took the place of Bantam and Biddy’s midtown Atlanta location. Nothing like the previous restaurant in terms of the menu, it features The Federal, named after Atlanta’s federal reserve bank.  I sat down with Chef Shaun Doty of The Federal. His partner, Lance Gummere, was not there that day.

1. The Federal is a coffee bar from 8 am to 2 pm M-F. Tired of patronizing Starbucks for your morning or afternoon fix? Step out of your midtown office and duck into The Federal. There’s a full line of espresso drinks, house made syrups and even cold brew coffees. How did I miss the lavender latte when I was there? I’m totally going back for that!

2. They do a fabulous brunch with no waiting in midtown. One of the things I hate is waiting for a table. And I’ve never understood why, with so many restaurants that serve brunch, people will wait over an hour when there are fabulous restaurants with no waiting. A perfect example, is the Federal, which I easily was able to walk right in and get a table. Whatever you order make sure to get the ricotta toast with walnuts, honey and Asian pear. At only $5 is was a menu highlight for me and my brunch date. Though my chicken and waffles entree was huge, the waffle was woefully dry, and no amount of syrup could save it. But my friend, Carrie, loved her Avocado toast with smoked salmon, soft boiled egg – hearty and delicious.

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Avocado toast at The Federal with Avocado toast, smoked salmon and boiled egg.

3. At lunch there’s an incredible deal on pork or beef sandwiches. With free parking for up to two hours, The Federal makes for a terrific meeting spot for a weekday lunch. And sure, you can get the $50 steak if you are on the company dime and want one, but Shaun recommends the roast pork or beef brisket sandwiches which come with choice of toppings like garlic pickles and broccoli rabe, with side for just $14.

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4. There’s a prix fixe dinner weekdays for $30 when you sit at The Federal’s bar Tuesday through Friday. Choose from soup or salad, steak frites, and cheese plate or sticky toffee pudding. This deal is available at the Federal at the bar only from five to seven pm.

5. Shaun is a trained pastry chef and the sticky toffee pudding is one of his favorite dishes people should order at The Federal. And lucky for you it’s on the prix fixe dining menu available weekdays.

Parking information for The Federal: There’s two hour validated parking in the 1010 Midtown building right next the restaurant. However, it does get crowded on the weekends, so it’s better to uber if possible. It’s just a short walk from many Midtown hotels if you are visiting Atlanta.

The Federal is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday and for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. And for brunch on weekends.

Website –
1050 Crescent AVE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!