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.

7/8 Dinner

Padrón Peppers

Fried Padrón Peppers tossed in Red Sea Salt, Brava Sauce, Smoked Onion Relish $6


Bluebird Meadows Beets

Roasted Beets, Crispy Spanish Chorizo, Hardboiled Egg,

Mixed Greens, Pistachios, Pimentón Vinaigrette $9


Bluebird Meadows Tomatoes

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella Burrata, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Mint, Lemon Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10


Sweet Potato Sandwich

German Sauerkraut, Onion Jam, Dijon, Havarti on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Far East Empanada

Braised Oxtail, Bok Boy, Bell Peppers, Shallots,

Shiitake Mushrooms, Smoked Feta

w/ Wasabi & Pepper Sauce $10


Fried Alligator

Spicy Alligator Tail, Pickled Sea Beans, Heirloom Tomatoes,

Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes, Jasmine Rice, Balsamic Soy Sauce $12


Sweet Tea Half Chicken

Sautéed NC White Corn & Okra, Shiitake Mushrooms,

Broiled Purple Fingerlings, Sherry-Cream Sauce $17