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.

12/24 Dinner




Fried Artichokes

Pickled Red Onion, Balsamic Syrup,

Sherry Basil Vinaigrette $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



Chipotle-Orange Short Rib

Slow Braised Beef Short Rib, Duck Fat Brussels Sprouts,

Portabella, Garlic Sweet Potato Puree, Confit Shallots,

Chipotle Orange BBQ Sauce $15



Shrimp Linguini

House Squid Ink Linguini, Sautéed White Shrimp, Woodfruit Shiitake,

Red Peppers, Asparagus, Shaved Winter Truffle,

Sweet Herb Béchamel $15