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.

7/26 Dinner



Chicken Liver Pâté

Dijon & Whole Grain Mustard, Capers,

Peach Chutney, Pickled Okra, Onion Jam, Crostini $12



Fried Alligator

Chili Garlic Remoulade, Sautéed Shallots, Mint, Italian Parsley $9



Watermelon Salad

Bluebird Meadows Watermelon, Tomato-Mint Relish,

Lemon Smoked Feta, Arugula, Toasted Almonds $9



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomatoes

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, Pistachios,   

Opal Basil, Mozzarella Burrata, Lemon Basil Vinaigrette $10



Chicken Liver & Smoked Feta Ravioli

Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms, Sweet Basil Béchamel,

Red Onion Marmalade, Shallots, Shaved Summer Truffles $15



Pork Loin

Pimento Cheese Au Gratin, Smoked NC White Corn, Peach-Apple Glaze $16



Spanish Mackerel

Easter Radish, Sea Beans,

Charred Lemon, Mediterranean Couscous,

Opal Basil Pesto, Balsamic Syrup $16