914 W. Main St., Durham; 680-8611
Web site: www.thefederal.net.
Cuisine: American, Contemporary.
Rating: 2 1/2 stars
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Atmosphere: bar, with a patio.
Recommended: charcuterie plate, carnitas, burger, grilled cheese sandwich, nightly specials.
Open: Lunch Monday-Friday, dinner nightly.
Reservations: accepted for parties of 12 or more.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover; full bar; kid-tolerant.
The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in five categories:
4 stars: Extraordinary.
3 stars: Excellent.
2 stars: Good.
1 star: Fair.
Zero stars: Poor
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