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.

8/15 Dinner





Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9


Lamb Wontons (6)

Pickled Shallots, Scallions, Black Sesame Seeds, Mint Oil, Sweet Soy Chili Sauce $9



Ellerbe Creek Farm Salad

 Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cucumber & Roasted Zucchini, Pickled Radish,

Smoked Lemon Feta, Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Citrus Vinaigrette $10




House Cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Red Snapper Fillet

Butternut Squash Purée, Cranberry Beans, Bluebird Meadows Microgreens,

 Charred Lemon, Cashew & Onion Sauce, BlackBerry Sherry Sauce $14



Country Style Masala Lamb

Slow Cooked Lamb in Masala Sauce, Bluebird Meadows Fairytale Eggplant, Onions,

Peppered Shallots, Shaved Summer Truffle, Cilantro-Lime Jasmine Rice $16




Spanish Chorizo, Mussels, Marinated Chicken,

White Shrimp, Tomatoes, Peas, Onion, Garlic Parsley, Saffron Risotto $16