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.

8/27 Dinner





Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Fig Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Pork Belly Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Asian BBQ Lardon,

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



Oyster Po’Boy

Fried Oysters, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Creole Remoulade on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Saffron Risotto

Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers, Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomato, Spinach,

Cremini Mushrooms, Parmegiano Reggiano, Shaved Summer Truffle $13



Beef Short Ribs

Brinkley Farms Roasted Squash & Zucchini, Heirloom Rainbow Carrots,

Microgreens, Jasmine Rice, Short Rib Jus $15