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.

6/27 Dinner

Blackberry Salad

Baby Spinach, Shaved Carrots, Pickled Shallots,

Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts, Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Bluebird Meadows Beets

Candy Stripped Chioggia & Red Ace Beets, Arugula,

Lime Basil, Pistachios, Guajillo Vinaigrette, Hawaiian Sea Salt $10


Speck Panini

Smoked Prosciutto, Banana Peppers, Red Onion,

Arugula, Goat Cheese on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Saffron & Tomato Broth, Crostini $14



Oxtail Croquette, Green Tomato Chutney, Apples, 6 Minute Egg,

Purple Mashed Potatoes, Fennel & Sherry Sauce $16


Sea Scallops

Sea Beans, Bacon Grits, Smoked Corn Purée,

Shaved Summer Truffles, Opal Basil $19