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.

1/24 Dinner

Butternut Squash Salad

Hickory Bacon, Aged Gorgonzola, Biscuit Croutons,

Mixed Greens, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $9


Collard Green Hoecake

Slow-cooked Collards, Braised Pork Shoulder,

Cornmeal Hoecake, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Fried Eggplant Sandwich

Pickled Onions, Red Pepper Relish, Spinach,

Provolone, Adobo-Lime Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Wild Boar Stuffed Pepper

Wild Boar Sausage, Sautéed Spinach, Spaghetti Squash,

Peas, Japanese Brown Rice in a Bell Pepper, Sofrito Coulis

Served with a Side Salad $13


Red Drum Amandine

NC Red Drum Roasted in Smoked Tomato Sauce,

Pickled Mushrooms, Garlic Potatoes, Micro Watercress, Toasted Almonds $16


NC Yellowfin Tuna

Rare Seared Tuna, Mussels, Leek & Chickpea Stew,

Spanish Chorizo, Marinated Cabbage & Nori, Carrot Oil $18