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.

12/7 Dinner

Fried Mac N’ Cheese (5)

Fried Lobster Mushroom Mac N’ Cheese Bites,

Spicy BBQ Sauce, Pickled Red Onions, Scallions $7



Chicken Liver, Lomo Ham & Oyster Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno-Fig Preserves & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Chicken & Honeydew Salad

Roasted Chicken, Honeydew Melon, Shaved Carrots, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,  

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts, Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette $12



Bacon & Onion Melt

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onions,

Havarti, Provolone, Orange Marmalade on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Duck Confit Ravioli

House Ravioli Filled with Duck Confit & Goat Cheese,

Shiitake, Shallots, Asparagus, Sweet Peppers, Orange Sauce $13



Shrimp Tacos (3)

Tomato-Garlic Marinated Shrimp, Red, Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers,

                                     Black bean Pico de Gallo, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Romaine