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


“Short Cake” Salad

Strawberries, Cucumber, Shaved Carrot, Feta,

Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Biscuit Croutons $9


Turkey Panini

Strawberry Jam, Red Onion, Arugula,

Swiss, Herb Dijon on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Pork Belly Flatbread

Spicy Pork Belly, Gorgonzola Spread, Shaved Apple,

Arugula, Toasted Almonds on a Toasted Pita $9



Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Pheasant Crêpe

Pheasant & Cognac Sausage, Caramelized Leeks,

Maitake Mushrooms, Drunken Goat Cheese (Spain) $15


NC Red Drum Tacos (3)

Fried Red Drum, Honey Dew & Cantaloupe Salsa,

Pickled Red Onions, Heeks Farm Pea Shoots on Corn Tortillas $12