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.

8/17 Dinner




Lamb Wontons (6)

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



Pickled Shrimp Salad

 Twice Pickled White Shrimp, Roasted Paprika Fingerlings, Red Onions & Peppers,

 Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Red Wine Vinegar & Olive Oil $12



Prosciutto Panini

Drunken Goat Cheese, Pickled Red Onion,

Spinach, Roast Red Pepper Aioli on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fried Chicken

Blue Cheese-Jalapeno Fingerlings, Bluebird Meadows Carmen Peppers,

 Lima Beans, Cremini Mushroom Gravy $14



Country Style Masala Lamb

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

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