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.

11/13 Dinner




Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Asparagus Wrapped in Italian Prosciutto

with Blue Cheese Crumbles $6



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam & Sweet Vidalia Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Garden Salad

Tomato, Shaved Carrots & Radish, Snow Peas, Arugula,

Parmesan, Roasted Almonds, Champagne Vinaigrette $10




Wild Boar Bacon, Marinated Burch Farm Dino Kale,

Red Onion, Tomato, Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Pineapple & Adobo Brisket

Pineapple & Adobo Braised Beef Brisket,

Onions, Leeks, Sweet Potato Puree, Asparagus,

Pineapple & Brisket Au Jus $15



Sea Scallops

Fresh Pan Seared Scallops, Brussels Sprouts,

House Quinoa Tabouleh, Shallots, Mint Oil,

 Shaved Burgundy Truffle, Sweet Sesame Sauce $16