At a recent meal at The Federal, the latest restaurant from long-time Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, I was happily struck by the diminutive, jewel box space and tightly curated menu. Make no mistake, though: big flavors are the name of Doty’s kitchen game. Opened in November, The Federal is a French bistro-American steakhouse mashup. At just 45 seats, it’s intimate by design. If you allow your imagination to wander, you might just believe you’re seated in a Parisian brasserie instead of in Midtown Atlanta.