Address: 5132 Biscayne Blvd. / Miami, Fl, 33137 (map) Telephone: 305.758.9559


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    Guy Fieri Of Food Network Enjoy Sweet & Spicy Venison Chili With Fries

    Food Network's Guy Fieri's and Chef Cesar cook up sweet & spicy venison chili with polenta fries. 

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  • Chefs latinos invaden el South Beach Food Festival de Miami

    Es reconocido por venir de The Federal y por ser un concursante de la nueva serie de Bravo TV "Best New Restaurants".

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  • El Sol Latino -  El Sabor Colombiano se toma al SOBE Wine & Food Festival

    El Innovador Chef Colombiano Cesar Zapata junto a la reconocida marca Tabasco le dio inicio a este magno evento con una cena privada en el restaurante "The Federal" donde algunos de los mas importantes medios de comunicación del país incluyendo a El Sol Latino Newspaper se reunieron para compartir de un exclusivo soirée donde se degusto los exquisitos platos del Chef Colombiano - 

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    The fine dining restaurant at the Turnberry Isle Hotel known for its contemporary and elegant fare of steaks and duck-fat fries, Bourbon Steak holds on strong at No. 1 again this January, with the high social score of 169.74! While, The Federal makes a climb to No. 2 from No. 5 and rounding out the top three is Prime Italian, which returns to the list after falling off in December.

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  • The List: The Federal’s Ani Meinhold and Cesar Zapata

    Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, the wife-and-husband team behind The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions, are coming off their national television debut this week as they starred in Wednesday’s episode of Bravo TV’s Best New Restaurant. (The Federal bested an Austin, Texas, eatery in the episode, making Americans lust for its biscuits and qualifying it for a spot in the show's semifinals.) Here’s where Ani and Ceez eat when they’re off the clock:

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  • Behind the Scenes of “Best New Restaurant” Featured on Bon Appetit Magazine

    Miami’s The Federal and Austin’s Swift’s Attic—seem pretty similar: both are relatively small restaurants with a focus on small plates and reputations for outstanding service and playful takes on familiar dishes. At The Federal, chef and partner Cesar Zapata’s focus on dressed-up comfort food results in creative hits like the Jar o’ Duck, which is literally a jar of duck rillette with marshmallow fluff and candied sweet potato. Swift’s Attic chef Mat Clouser turns up the whimsy with unusual combos like the charred edamame appetizer sprinkled with Pop Rocks.

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  • New crop of sommeliers keeps South Florida’s wine glasses filled by The Miami Herald

    There was a time when nearly every sommelier was a humorless, old, white guy, bottled up in a suit. But just as wines evolve, so do the people who pour them. In South Florida, the somm community is as ethnically diverse and as dynamic as the region it serves.

    Court of Master Sommeliers-certified (except for one), these six somms curate wine lists with a range of styles, much like the somms themselves: from austere, Old World whites to unfiltered, New World reds to fierce blends with a little of everything.

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  • If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen – Cover Feature On Miami Shoot Magazine

    On a late Wednesday afternoon, Chef Tom Colicchio is late to catch a flight. Colicchio is no stranger to airports these days. Especially since signing with Bravo yet again to host the mega-network’s newest competition series, Best New Restaurant, in which the infamous Top Chef host scours the country in search of the nation’s best all-around restaurants, one city at a time. 

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  • The Federal’s Charred Platano Dish Featured on Chanel 7 Local News in a Bite with Belkys

    Sweet, salty and spicy is a great flavor combination and that's just what's on the menu tonight. Let's see what's cooking as we grab a Bite with Belkys.

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  • The Federal Turns Three by

    In a city where restaurants come and go quicker than Lebron did, it's rare to see a dining establishment stick around very long. But The Federal managed to buck the trend keeping itself relevant throughout the years. On the eve of its third birthday, Eater Miami spoke with partner Aniece Meinhold, who runs the restaurant along with chef and partner Caesar Zapata, about what has given the restaurant staying power and what we can expect from the duo in the future.

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  • The Federal Restaurant in Miami featured on

    South Florida restaurants compete on new Bravo show by

    Regular viewers of TV cooking competitions know the format by rote.
    Harried young chefs compete in a series of timed challenges. They're tested with odd ingredients, and tasked to prepare high-quality food on the beach or in college dorm rooms.
    Starting at 10 p.m. Jan. 21, however, Bravo Media will turn the timeworn concept on its head with the premiere of "Best New Restaurant." Instead of individual chefs, the show pits entire restaurants against one another. They compete not in a sterile TV studio, but mostly on location in their own restaurants.
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    It's time for a new edition (easy there, Bobby Brown) of the Thrillist 47, giving you the best new and new-ish places to eat and drink.

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  • Best Thing We Ate: Steak Tartare in a Jar by Zagat

    We've had plenty of spectacular steak tartare dishes in the past, but nothing with a presentation quite like the one at The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions.

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  • Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold Talk Fall Eats by Zagat

    Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold are the founders of the Miami-based Pious Pig Restaurant Group, masterminds of Miami’s first pop-up venue, Phuc Yea!, and The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions. We got a chance to sit down with the twosome to chat about success, fall feasts and weird eats. 

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  • The Federal’s New Menu: Scallops, Conch Salad, and Flaming Foie by Miami New Times

    The Federal Food Drink & Provisions has revamped its menu, leaving only three classic dishes behind....The waitress flambéed our foie and bananas. How can you go wrong with foie, brioche, caramelized bananas, vanilla mascarpone, and rum?

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  • Autumnal Eats All Around by the Plate for City Eats

    As the Miami weather begins to cool off and the holiday season approaches, restaurants are rolling out their fall-inspired menus. With everything from autumnal sodas to pork belly and ice cream sundaes, local chefs are taking advantage of the beautiful seasonal ingredients and we get to reap the benefits.

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  • Food & Wine Names The Federal Best Biscuits in the US & Mission Main Street Grant By New Times

    Food & Wine has named the best biscuits in the United States, and the Federal Food Drink & Provisions' "biskits" were chosen, alongside some heavy hitters from down South...

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  • USA Today Travel Experience

    Best Local Eats by USA Today Travel

    Miami's culinary scene is in its coming of age. The societal glitz that defined '90s South Beach still appears, but these days, sparkle does not equal stability. Ingredient-driven, attentive establishments are re-plotting the dining landscape.

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  • Best Biscuits in the U.S. by Food & Wine Magazine

    The secret to perfect biscuits is hotly contested: Lard or butter? Milk or buttermilk? Baking powder or soda? (Or both?)

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  • Resurrect Phuc Yea! Here’s How by New Times

    Remember Phuc Yea!, the wildly inventive Vietnamese temporary restaurant that really brought the term "pop-up" to Miami?
    Phuc Yea! closed, as planned...But still, many of us miss Phuc Yea!'s whimsical take on classic Vietnamese cuisine.

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  • Golden Spoon Award by Florida Trend Magazine

    Country comes to gritty historic Biscayne Boulevard and goes wild, putting charred fluff and candied jams with jarred duck, egg on lamb burgers and brussels sprouts in molasses vinaigrette. Don’t miss fries and seasonal ketchup.

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  • South Florida Food & Wine Raves About The Federal’s Summer Clambake

    At year and a half old, The Federal has won the hearts, palates and bellies of many in South Florida. Last night was my first food dalliance at The Federal along with two others, and it won’t be my last. The Federal describes its food as Classic Americana done 21st century style. Gastropub;  Modern American Food Tavern; Comfort food classics with a timely twist. There’s a lot of talent and food ingenuity going on at The Federal and shame on me for taking so long to get there. It’s a friendly, pretty little place that welcomes you with open arms. There are many regulars, and familiar faces who frequent The Federal.

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  • Food & Wine Magazine Announces Best Gluten Free Desserts in AMERICA!

    Incredible pastry chefs around the country are on a mission to create ultra-indulgent desserts without gluten. (While all the desserts here are made with only gluten-free ingredients, diners should always check with their servers about specific allergies and intolerances.)

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  • South Beach Magazine Names Best Restaurants in Miami

    If ever there was a Miami restaurant the locals do not want anyone to talk about so they can still hope to score a table on a Saturday night, it is The Federal. Tucked away in a non-descript MidTown shopping center alongside a dry cleaner and a Dunkin Donuts, this innovative foodie hotspot stirs in a healthy dose of youthful bravado to come up with frequently-changing menu items that make our tastebuds stand up and salute.

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  • CBS Miami Names Best Local Bars in South Florida

    Best Bars For Foodies In South Florida


    If food paired with drinks is your passion, there’s nothing better than having a list of favorite joints. Most of the time, a well-tailored wine list or an impacting display of bourbons and whiskeys draws in that sophisticated crowd that loves unusual pairings. But for those who need substance with their libations, these following spots won’t disappoint.

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  • Florida Trend Magazine Loves the Federal

    An old guide to understanding our state’s politics and culture claimed that in Florida, the South is in the north, while the North is in south Florida. The division held true for food, too: Mullet, grits and fried chicken on one end of the state; bagels, hotel haute cuisine and Floribbean touches on the other.

    No longer. In the heart of Miami, top chefs who sharpened their skills in its ritziest kitchens are now playing with the plainest old dishes of the South, from beans and greens to banana pudding.

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  • Trip Advisor Awards The Federal Food, Wine and Provisions receives a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

    TripAdvisor is delighted to recognize The Federal Food, Wine and Provisions with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

    This prestigious award, which places you in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

  • Chef’s Picks: Cesar Zapata of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions

    Cesar Zapata is the self-proclaimed “stove master and pig whisperer” at The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions.

    Zapata began his culinary career at the Four Seasons in Houston, working with James Beard-nominated Chef Timothy Keating. He later moved to Miami to open the Four Seasons Hotel and The Setai, under Michelin-starred Chef Shawn Hergatt.

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  • 12 New Miami Burgers to Eat Right Now

    Burgers are what life's all about. Well, this week anyway. And if you want to know where you can find the newest ones, we've got you covered. From meat-overload to fishy adaptations, and all sorts of interesting ingredients along the way, here's a list of 15 New Burgers you should be trying. Most of these are permanent additions to the menus save for OTC (their burgers will only be available this week) and all are new for 2013.

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  • Style File with Belkys Nerey!

    Call 'em what you want, crawfish, mudbugs they're in season and being shipped all the way from Bayou to the beach front. 7's Belkys Nerey gives us a taste of Louisiana in tonight's Style File.
    WSVN -- Here in South Florida we know shrimp, lobster and boy, do we love our stone crabs, but how about some crawdads?

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  • Miami Brunch HeatMap

    While the Eater Miami Heatmap has the hot places to dine at right now, for those who wake up with weekend brunch cravings, we've now got a solution. Check out the new Miami Brunch Heatmap, which shows you some new places—alongside some staples of brunch fame—that are doing great things with their menus.

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  • Where to Eat and Drink in Miami

    Here at Thrillist, we're constantly unearthing the best new places to eat and drink, so we know how overwhelming things can get. That's why we created The Thrillist 47: forty-seven spots that have got it going on more than a supporting character in an Angela Bassett flick. From sure-fire next-big-things to standbys that still pack 'em in, everything you need to plan your next night out is right here.

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  • 10 Must Visit Gastropubs

    “Without a doubt, dynamite food and a killer beverage program are [the] prerequisites for a great gastropub,” declares Aniece Meinhold, co-conspirator at The Federal in Miami. “However, ambience, jamming beats and an unpretentious vibe are also necessary. No stuffiness allowed; leave it at the door.”

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  • Miami, once known only for Cuban food, is reinvented as Florida’s dining hotspot

    The last stop on our Miami culinary escapade brought us to The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions, or Fed, located in a dull strip mall on Biscayne Boulevard. The anomaly of a terrific restaurant in a strip mall is probably what’s endearing about this modern twist on the neighborhood tavern.

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  • Chat with the Winemaker!

    DOWNTOWN - The Federal will be hosting their "Chat With the Wine Maker" series Thursday on February 7 at 7 p.m. Viticulturist (he who cultivates the grapes) James Ontiveros and winemaker Paul Wilkins from Alta Maria Vineyards in California will talk about "what it really means to be an artisan". But it won't be all class and no games. Naturally, drinking will be a part of the learning process and so, there will be three wines to try, each one paired with a small snack by the James and Paul. Tickets, which are $32, can be reserved here.

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  • Best Dishes in Miami!

    The New York Times has its top 8 dishes that dazzled in 2012 in the Big Apple. If the story idea is good enough for them, then thought I, how about a miamicurated’s picks for the best dishes in Miami 2012? So here’s my top 10 list (which in most cases you can read more about in my blogposts this  past year; look for the category “food”).

    Love to hear your picks as well!

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  • The Federal BBQ’s at Channel 10 News!

    The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions Miami stopped by the Local 10 patio to BBQ for Memorial Day!

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  • Miami Brunch reasons to get out of bed!

    A bit off the beach is The Federal Food Drink and Provisions and it is not to be outdone by the South Beach offerings.  I am still dreaming about the Bananas Foster French Toast … who doesn’t need more Banana Fosters in their life?  The Lobster Roll is a scrumptious addition as well and for me, lobster and brunch are a no-brainer.  The menu changes frequently and according to season and holiday.  This is a definite place to check in and get your NOM on!

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  • Table 42 visits The Federal Miami

    You are invited to join Paul as he explores The Federal in Miami. This modern American food tavern brings to the table classic comfort foods with their own unique twist. Go into the kitchen with head chef Cesar Zapata and see this twist in action with his Buffalo Pork Wings and deconstructed Thanksgiving dinner!

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  • Zagat Awards the Federal a 25 out of 30 on Food & Service

    Foodies favor this new American “gem” on the Upper East Side featuring “innovative”, “lively” takes on “comfort food” paired with “spot-on” wines, all served up by “friendly folks” in neo-rustic digs complete with taxidermy and a fireplace; “don’t miss out” urge admirers, even as others “hope it stays under the radar.”

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