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.

12/27 Dinner





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



Shrimp N’ Corn Chowder

 White Shrimp, NC Sweet Corn,

Crimini Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots,

 Idaho Potatoes $12



Short Rib & Pork Belly Tacos (3)

Slow Braised Beef Short Rib & Pork Belly,

Duck Fat Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Bell Peppers,

Woodfruit Shiitake, Ellerbe Creek Rainbow Chard,

Kim Chi Aioli on Flour Tortillas $13