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.

12/26 Dinner




Fried Artichokes

Pickled Red Onion, Balsamic Syrup,

Sherry Basil Vinaigrette $6



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jelly & Sweet Pepper Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Melon Salad

Honeydew Melon, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Radish,

 Red Bell Pepper, Roasted Almonds, Cucumber Honey Vinaigrette $10




House Cured Maple Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Chipotle-Orange Short Rib

Slow Braised Beef Short Rib, Duck Fat Brussels Sprouts, Red Peppers,

Woodfruit Maitake, Garlic Sweet Potato Puree, Confit Shallots,

Chipotle Orange BBQ Sauce $15



Shrimp Spaghetti

Edamame Noodles, Sautéed White Shrimp, Woodfruit Shiitake,

Sweet Bell Peppers, Haricots Verts, Shaved Winter Truffle,

Chablis & Garlic Butter Sauce $15