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The Federal is Now The Fed

Earlier this month, The Federal closed down for a bit to become The Fed.

Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold changed up the interior of the restaurant and the menu.

“We want The Fed to cater to the neighborhood – on one hand, have it be a place where guests can come to grab a bite and go,” says Ani “and on the other hand, be a place for the neighborhood and locals to kick back, relax and enjoy.”

Shareable plates categorized as “For the Homies,” will offer starters for guests to nibble and share including Cilantro Edamame Hummus, Tropical Guac with a choice of tortilla chips, house chicharrones or baby veggies and Salmon Poke.

Between bread options include baked-not-fried Tostadas (hand-pressed corn tortilla), available in options like Huevo, Sweet Platano and Gulf Seafood Ceviche as well as Tortas (Mexican-style sandwich) with more indulgent offerings like an all-American Angus burger playfully named La Gringa and the Queso, a grown-up take on grilled cheese.

Capitalizing on the bowl craze are a five different options that can be spooned up or forked over a bed of lettuce with options to add cheese, avocado and proteins like chicken, shrimp and steak. Zapata’s interpretation of fajitas, dubbed “Skillets,” is an exercise in the art of create-your-own experience with several affordable combinations of proteins, vegetables and sauces from $8 to $14.

For Zapata, the new concept provides a chance to incorporate his Texas roots with a large focus on his love for smoke, chilies and Southwest flavors.

Click here to check out the full new menu now.

The Fed is located at 5132 Biscayne Boulevard and is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m



Crawfish Boils are Back at The Federal

Crawdaddy Wednesdays are back at the Federal.

The first crawfish boil starts on Wednesday, April 1st and runs every Wednesday until June.

You can get your crawfish boil fix, plus corn, potato, Andouille sausage; Creole Style Crawfish ‘n Grits, savory and spicy served over Creamy Ansom Mills Grits; Molten Crawfish Fritters, luscious and saffron-scented, served with spicy corn remoulade; Surf & Turf Jambalaya, crawfish, smoked chicken, Andouille sausage, mixed seafood and additional rotating specials from week to week.

Every Wednesday is on a first come, first serve basis.

Make your reservation for Crawfish Boil Wednesdays here.


Quick Hits : 660 at The Angler’s Miami Spice Preview; Federal Q

  • 660 at The Angler’s is having a three-week preview of their Miami Spice menu. The preview starts today and each month they’ll offer a different three-course menu priced at $33 per person. Plus it gets better. You can also have three cocktails for just $10 from their “Mojito Bar” menu.
  • Our friends at the Federal are kicking off summer with the return of ‘Federal Q.’ The first weekly ‘Federal Q’ happens Thursday, July 11th. You can get your BBQ fix all summer. You can expect things like smoked pork butts, St. Louis style ribs, pig wings, sausages, smoked chicken and other house specialties. Eater



Quick Hits : Tea Paired Dinner at The Federal; Toasted Bagel Company

  • The Federal has teamed up with JoJo Teas to host a $65 dinner tomorrow, June 26, at 7:00 p.m. This includes a tea-infused aperitif and tea pairings throughout the meal. Eater; Photo: Travelsquire
  • Toasted Bagel Company is officially open in Brickell. Go get your bagel and coffee fix now. Eater
  • This Friday, June 28th at My Ceviche in Brickell or Miami Beach, you’ll receive 25% off of all orders placed in store. Happy Peruvian National Ceviche Day. Eater

The Federal is Ending Miami Spice with A Federalized Oktoberfest

Two things are happening here.

1. Miami Spice is coming to a close.

2. It’s Oktoberfest time!

Combine those two things together and you get ‘A Federalized Oktoberfest’ at The Federal.

The Federal is bringing you an amazing menu and a great lineup of some craft beers and German style biers.

A Federalized Oktoberfest runs between Wednesday, September 26 through Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Check out the full menu below:

Amuse aka Vorspeise

Cold White Asparagus Soup
cracklin, smoked trout roe
Kalte (Suppe von Weissem Spargel, knuspriger Forellen Kaviar

Start aka Zwischen Gerichte

Duck schmaltz – pickles, chives, country bread


Potato wrapped knockwurtz – red cabbage, spicy mustard

Main aka Hauptgaenge

Roasted Duck Leg
potato knoedel, chanterelle mushrooms, huckleberry


Crispy Pork Belly
charred Brussel sprouts, sweet ‘n sour apples and onions, pumpkin seed oil

Dessert aka Dessert

This Oktoberfest Miami Spice menu will cost you $33 for dinner plus tax and gratuity per person. The Bier Flight will cost $12 for a sampling of 4 German style biers.

Make sure to go check out our friends over at The Federal for ‘A Federalized Oktoberfest.’

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Photo : Food for Thought


The Federal is Bringing You ACME Bakery and Coffee

Our friends over at The Federal have a special surprise for you.

Alejandro Ortiz, Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata are set to open ACME Bakery and Coffee.

ACME will be located in Midtown and feature cakes, pastries, tarts, home-made candies, breads, pecan sticky-buns, meyer-lemon tarts and bundt cakes.

ACME will have room f0r 40 to 60 seats. ACME will also serve a limited breakfast, lunch, and early evening tea.

Cindy Kruse was supposed to take the helm at ACME, but our friends at Short Order have learned she is no longer part of ACME. Alejandro Ortiz and his wife, Alysia Ortiz will now be taking over at ACME.

Since this is going to be their third restaurant, Alejandro Ortiz, Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata have formed a restaurant group called the Pious Pig.

[gmap description=”3451 NE 1st Ave Ste 103, Miami, FL”]3451 NE 1st Ave Ste 103, Miami, FL[/gmap]

Photo : Eater Miami