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.

8/22 Dinner




Padron Peppers

Fried Padron Peppers Tossed in ‘Alaea Sea Salt,

Pickled Shallots, Scallions, Goat Cheese & Fingerling Potato Sauce $8



Duck, Shiitake & Prosciutto Pâté

Fig Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Heirloom Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Asian BBQ Lardon,

Shaved Red Onion, Roasted Pine Nuts, Arugula, White Wine Vinaigrette $11



Smoked Duck Breast Pastrami

House Cured Duck Pastrami, Red Cabbage Slaw with Carrot & Red Onion,

Havarti Cheese, Herbed Dijon on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $14



Pork Belly Stir Fry

Orange & Yellow Bell Peppers, Baby Bok Choy, Shiitake,

Mint Jasmine Rice, Sweet & Sour Sauce $15



Lamb Short Ribs

Sautéed Spinach Salad with Pickled Butternut Squash, Carrots & Cucumber,

Blackberry Merlot Sauce $15



Spanish Mackerel

Pan Seared Mackerel Steak, Ellerbe Creek Farm Sweet Peppers, Shiitake,

Forbidden Rice, Shaved Summer Truffle, ChimiChurri Sauce $17