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.

12/3 Dinner





Fried Gator

Buttermilk Fried Alligator Tail, Crispy Fried Shallots,

Garlic Parsley, Spicy Cajun Remoulade $9



Chicken Liver, Lomo Ham & Oyster Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno-Fig Preserves & Sweet Vidalia Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Honeydew Salad

Honeydew Melon, Shaved Carrots, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,  

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts, Sweet Cranberry Vinaigrette $11




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Provolone on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Mackerel Tacos (3)

NC King Mackerel Marinated in Sweet Chili Soy Sauce, Squash, Zucchini,

 Shiitake, Pickled Radish, Jalapeno Aioli, Arugula on Flour Tortillas $13



Short Rib Ravioli

House Ravioli Stuffed with Adobo Braised Short Rib,

Brussels Sprouts Roasted in Benton’s Bacon Fat, Sweet Peppers,

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Mushroom & Beef Brodo Sauce

On a Bed of Ellerbe Creek Mizuna $14