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.

11/6 Dinner




Pork Fried Eggrolls (2)

Pork Fried Rice, Red Cabbage & Onion Slaw in Soy Wrap

Sweet Chili, Pear & Short Rib Au Jus $8



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam & Sweet Vidalia Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Herb Roasted Potato Salad

Fingerlings Roasted in Dill, Tarragon & Parsley,

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Arugula $11




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



NC Red Drum

Fresh NC Red Drum Sautéed in Flour, Squash, Zucchini,

Brussels Sprouts, Lemon, Pecan Meunière $15



Herbed Lamb Roast

Rosemary, Thyme & Honey Braised Lamb,

Sweet Potato & Honey Bee Gouda Au Gratin,

Sautéed Ellerbe Creek Bok Choy & Shallots, Lamb Au Jus $16