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.




Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno-Fig Preserves & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Fried Shrimp

Buttermilk Fried Shrimp, Pickled Pearl Onions,

Ellerbe Creek Mustard Greens, Sweet Chili Cocktail Sauce $9



Sprouts Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Peppers, Shaved Carrot & Radish,

 Arugula, Alfalfa Sprouts, Honey Cucumber Vinaigrette $10



Bacon & Onion Melt

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onions,

Havarti, Provolone, Orange Marmalade on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



 Braised Lamb Leg

Slow Braised Lamb, Lamb Thyme Aus Jus ,

Roasted fingerling potato, Asparagus Eggplant and Peppers




Fresh NC Flounder

Seasoned & Fried Flounder, Fresh Cut Fries, House made slaw

                                                        Old North State Tarter sauce