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.

8/8 Dinner



Cognac Figs

Prosciutto, Melon, Roasted Cashews, Fig Jam,

Peppermint, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $8



Fried Ravioli

Prosciutto, Shiitake, Goat Cheese Stuffed Ravioli,

 Fried Cremini, Onion Jam, Brava Sauce $8



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Squash, Pickled Radish, Smoked Lemon Feta,

Arugula, Roasted Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Peach-Basil Vinaigrette $11




House Cured Hickory-Maple Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


NC Brown Shrimp

Stewed Ellerbe Creek Farm Okra & Tomatoes,

Roasted Sweet Potato, Fried Shallots, Opal Basil $14



Wild Love Gumbo

White Shrimp, Cranberry Wild Boar, Chicken,

Ellerbe Creek Farm Peppers & Okra, Onion, Jasmine Rice $16



NC Yellow Fin Tuna Steak

Rare Seared Ahi Tuna Steak, Cranberry Beans, Sautéed Maitake,

Roasted Fingerlings, Shaved Summer Truffle, Lemon-Garlic Meunière $18