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.

9/20 Dinner




Padron Peppers

Fried Bluebird Meadows Padron Peppers Tossed in Himalayan Pink Salt,

Sweet Onion Relish, Brava Sauce $6



Duck Liver, Mushroom & Bacon Lardon Pâté

Bonlee Farm Spicy Pepper Jam & Hot Chow Chow, French Mustards,

Cornichons, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Pickled Red Onion,

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



Greek Avocado Sandwich

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

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

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Seared Pork Loin

Lima Bean Succotash, Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Okinawan Purple Potato Butter, Ponzu Sauce $12



Nut Crusted Amberjack

Pan Seared, Cashew Crusted NC Amberjack,

Smoked NC Creamed Corn & Tomatoes, Asparagus, Parmesan $14