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.

5/23 Dinner

Wally Gator

Fried Alligator Tail, Fried Rainbow Fingerlings,

Creole Remoulade, Tabasco Cocktail Sauce $9


Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Shaved Carrot & Radish, Year-Aged Manchego (Spain),

Ellerbe Creek Mixed Greens, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Fennel Fronds $10


Camembert en Croûte

Camembert (France) & House-made Blueberry Jam in Puff Pastry,

French Dijon, Sweet Garlic Pickles, Stone Brothers Corn Cob Jam,

Balsamic Syrup, Wellington Water Crackers $11


Italian Salami Panini

Banana Peppers & Ramps, Spinach,

Herb Goat Cheese, Balsamic Syrup on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Pheasant “Hot Dog”

Pheasant Sausage, Braised Fennel & Cabbage,

Bluebird Meadows Micro Greens,

Herb Dijon on a Neomonde Potato Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Soft Shell Crab Salad

Broiled Soft Shell Crab, Jamaican Curry Roasted Peanuts,

 Shaved Carrot, Red Onion, Arugula, Honey Mustard Vinaigrette $14


NC Shark

Saffron Risotto, Sautéed Swiss Chard,

Baby Tomatoes, Honeydew & Prosecco Sauce $14


Crab & Squid Ink Ravioli

Sautéed Ellerbe Creek Micro Kale, Maitake Mushrooms,

Pickled Daikon, Guajillo Pepper Sauce, Crab Rangoon $17