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.

8/24 Dinner




Vegetable Minestrone

Shiitake Mushroom, Red Pepper, Tomato, Onion,

Celery, Carrot, Cannellini Beans, Garlic Butter Crostini $6



Duck, Shiitake & Prosciutto Pâté

Fig Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Heirloom Tomato Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Smoked Lemon Feta,

Shaved Red Onion, Roasted Walnuts, Arugula, Citrus Basil Vinaigrette $10



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Pork Belly Stir Fry

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

Mint Jasmine Rice, Pickled Vegetables, Sweet & Sour Sauce $15



Spanish Mackerel

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

Forbidden Rice, Shaved Summer Truffle, ChimiChurri Sauce $16