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.

12/22 Dinner




Fried Crimini

Buttermilk Fried Crimini Mushroom, Crispy Shallots,

Red Dragon Mornay Sauce $6



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno-Fig Preserves & Sweet Pepper Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Radish, Sweet Peppers,

Roasted Walnuts, Alfalfa Sprouts, Arugula, Sweet Citrus Vinaigrette $10



Italian Speck Panini

Aged Italian Prosciutto, Tomato, Red Onion,

Mozzarella Burrata, Italian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Pork Belly Taco (3)

Sweet Chili Braised Pork Belly, Red, Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers,

Shiitake, Kimchi, Arugula, Sesame Sherry Sauce on Flour Tortillas $12



Lamb Ravioli

House Ravioli with Red Wine Braised Lamb,

Duck Fat Brussels Sprouts, Shiitake, Roasted Red Peppers,

Red Onion, Italian Smoked Ricotta, Pomodoro Sauce $14