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.

9/29 Dinner





Chicken Liver & Chanterelle Pâté

House Sweet Red Pepper & Onion Relish, Strawberry Mint Jam,

French Mustards, Cornichons, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12



Strawberry Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Strawberries,

Arugula, Roasted Walnuts, Feta, Citrus-Mint Yogurt Dressing $10



Pickled Shrimp Salad

Twice Pickled NC White Shrimp, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper, Arugula, Cherry Smoked Pecorino $12




Oyster Po’boy

Fried Oysters, Romaine, Tomato, Onion,

Creole Remoulade on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Boar Sandwich

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Fried Green Tomato,

Arugula, Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Vegetable Linguini

House Linguini, Chanterelles, Ellerbe Creek Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Spinach,

 Asparagus, Manchego in a Creamy Red Pepper & Tomato Vodka Sauce $13