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.

5/3 Dinner

Lyon Farms Asparagus

Poached to Order Asparagus, Mozzarella Burrata, Shaved Truffle,

Toasted Almonds, Smoked Tomato Aioli, Hawaiian Sea Salt $12


Chicken Liver Mousse

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Peach-Raisin-Ginger Chutney,

Capers, Pickled Onions, Two Chicks Farms Hot Pepper Jelly, Crostini $12


“Short Cake” Salad

Strawberries, Cucumber, Shaved Carrot, Feta,

Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Biscuit Croutons $9


Turkey Panini

Drunken Goat Cheese (Bathed in Red Wine), House Strawberry-Mint Jam,

Banana Peppers, Arugula, Rosemary Dijon on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Smoked Pork Belly

Spicy Pork Belly, Green Cabbage Slaw,

Heeks Farm Pea Shoots, Basmati Rice, Blackberry Sauce $14



Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


NC Red Drum

Baked Couscous & Leeks, Crispy Maitake Mushrooms,

Fried Crab Stuffed Jalapeno, Lime Supremes, Guajillo Hollandaise $17