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.

6/25 Dinner

Bacon Grits “Pâté”

Fried Padrón Peppers, Smoked Onion Relish, Brava Sauce $9


Bluebird Meadows Tomatoes

Brandywine Tomatoes, Mozzarella Burrata, Opal Basil,

Italian Olive Oil, Scallion, Hawaiian Sea Salt $10


Speck Panini

Smoked Prosciutto, Banana Peppers, Red Onion,

Arugula, Goat Cheese on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Veggie Taco (3)

Bluebird Meadows Squash, Corn, Red Bell Peppers,

Crimini Mushrooms, Daylily Flowers, Honey Crème on Flour Tortillas $12


Oxtail Stuffed Pepper

Braised Oxtail, Tomatoes, Leeks, Feta, Jasmine Rice in a Bell Pepper, Raspberry- Pimentón Coulis

Served with a Side Salad $12


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Saffron & Tomato Broth, Crostini $14