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.

8/28 Dinner




Stuffed Ellerbe Creek Pattypan Squash

Prosciutto, NC Sweet Corn, Bluebird Meadows Poblanos,

Butternut Squash, Sweet Onion, Spinach, Cremini,

Goat Cheese, Parmesan with Toasted Pita Bread $9



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Spicy Pepper Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Zebra Tomato Salad

Brinkley Farms Green Zebra Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Red Onion,

Pickled Radish, Roasted Almonds, Mixed Greens, Champagne Grapefruit Vinaigrette $10



Pork Belly Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Asian BBQ Lardon,

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



Saffron Risotto

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

Cremini Mushrooms, Parmegiano Reggiano, Shaved Summer Truffle $13




Pan Seared Scallops, Baby Bok Choy, Rice Noodles,

Scallions, Mint Oil, Black Sesame Sauce $15



Beef Short Ribs

Brinkley Farms Roasted Squash & Zucchini, Heirloom Rainbow Carrots,

Microgreens, Jasmine Rice, Short Rib Jus $15