The Federal

Celebrating 15 Years In Durham’s Historic Brightleaf District

The Federal first opened in March of 2004, after three guys got together and saw a need for a solid neighborhood bar that celebrated Durham. But not just any neighborhood bar, one that served simple but fantastic food, that would exceed expectations. And with this good food came good beer – 14 micros from around the country and a solid bottle selection.

Specials 9/5


Soup 4 – cup / 6 – bowl

Carrot & Ginger Soup

Strawberries & Watermelon Salad – 12

Strawberries & Watermelon, Pickled Red Onions, Arugula,

Walnuts, Blue Cheese with Spicy Vinaigrette

Carnitas Sliders – 11

Beer Braised Pork, Cole Slaw, Chipotle Aioli

Served with Fries or Salad

Risotto & Grouper – 14

House-Made Garlic Parmesan Risotto, Seared Red Grouper,

Cherry Tomatoes with Grated Parmesan

Desserts – 7

Lemon Chess Pie

Dinner 6/22

Turkey and Mushroom Gumbo with Rice $4 cup/ $6 bowl


Quinoa and Chickpeas Salad $12

Quinoa, Chickpeas, Black Beans, Avocado, Cilantro, Bell Peppers with Cilantro Vinaigrette


Sweet Potato and Arugula Grilled Cheese $12

Red Onions, Sweet Potato, Arugula, Swiss Cheese, Sriracha Aioli on Sourdough


Pastrami Sandwiches $13

Onions Marmalade, Swiss Cheese, Chipotle Mayonnaise on Sourdough


Desserts $7

Lemon Chess Pie

Dinner 6/15

Fresh Catch   $13

Shrimp Tacos: Mango-chili Glazed NC Shrimp, Watermelon Radish and Cilantro Cream

in Corn Tortillas


Seafood and Andouille Gumbo with Rice $4 cup/ $6 bowl


Strawberry Salad $11

Mix Greens, Strawberries, Red Onions, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers

and Strawberry Vinaigrette


Turkey and Avocado Salad Sandwich $13

Lettuce and Tomato on a Brioche Bun with Fries or Side Salad 

Stuffed Quail $14

Garlic Cream Risotto Stuffed Quail, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts and Corn Orzo Pasta  

Desserts $7

Strawberry Bread Pudding

Lemon Chess Pie

Dinner 4/5

Fresh Catch

Sweet Chili Marinated Tuna Steaks with Asparagus and Apricot Quinoa $16


3 Bean and Mushroom Chili$4 cup/ $6 bowl


Buffalo Fried Frog Legs

Blue Cheese Sauce $9


BBQ Pork Sandwich

Braised BBQ Pork and Strawberry Slaw on Pumpernickel Bread with Side Salad of fries $12


Chicken Tostada

Chicken Tinga, Shredded Cabbage, Watermelon Radish and Honey-Fig Goat Cheese $11


Flourless Chocolate Cake

Dinner 3/28

Fresh Catch

Seared Grouper with Sautéed Asparagus and Cauliflower Risotto $17


Beef and Mushroom $4 cup/ $6 bowl


Fried Oyster Mushrooms

 Sriracha Aioli $7


Duck Tacos

Duck Confit, Habanero Salsa, Flour Tortillas $9

Shrimp Primavera

NC Shrimp, Peppers and Onions, Zucchini, Eggplant, Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes and Spaghetti Pasta in White Wine Garlic Sauce $15



Peanut Butter Pie

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake