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.

9/13 Dinner



Sea Scallops (2)

Pan Seared Scallops, Cashews, Scallions Ponzu Sauce $6



Chicken Liver & Cherry Smoked Bacon Pâté

Bacon, Tomato & Rosemary Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Pickled Red Onion,

Arugula, Roasted Walnuts, Feta, Citrus-Champagne Vinaigrette $11



Greek Avocado Sandwich

Fresh Avocado, Mediterranean Olives, Arugula, Roasted Red Pepper,

Red Onion, White Cheddar, House Walnut Basil Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11




Beer Braised Bratwurst, German Sauerkraut,

 Dijon Mustard on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Wild Mushroom Ravioli

Shiitake, Chanterelle & Crimini Mushroom Duxelle & Beef Short Rib Ravioli,

Bluebird Meadows Fairytale Eggplant, Spinach, Squash, Zucchini,

Ringless Honey Mushroom-Sherry Reduction $14