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.

10/30 Dinner



Beer Batter Fritters (4)

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Squash, Zucchini,

Roasted Red Pepper, Monterey Jack, Lamb & Tomato Au Jus $6



Pickled Shrimp (6)

Twice-Pickled Shrimp, Honey Bee Gouda (Holland),

Roasted Red Pepper, Arugula, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $8



Apple & Cantaloupe Salad

Granny Smith Apple, Cantaloupe, Heirloom Cherry Tomato,

Roasted Almonds, Goat Cheese, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $10



Italian Prosciutto Panini

400 Day Aged Italian Prosciutto, Tomato, Red Onion,

Basil, Smoked Pecorino, Italian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



NC Speckled Sea Trout

Pan Seared Trout, Balsamic Dijon Radish Sauté,

Mizuna, Charred Lemon, Sweet Chili Fish Sauce $15



Lamb Ravioli

Braised Lamb, Cauliflower & Smoked Chevre Ravioli,

Squash, Zucchini, Brussels Sprouts, Parmesan,

Tomato, Lemon & Lamb Au Jus $15