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.

1/18 Dinner



Buffalo Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Garlic Parsley,

Blue Cheese Crumbles, Buffalo Sauce $6



Chicken Liver, Shiitake & Jasmine Tea Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jelly, Fig & Ginger Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Haricots Verts, Capers, Crostini $12



Pickled Shrimp Salad

 Twice Pickled White Shrimp, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Cocktail Vinaigrette $12



Drunken Brisket Sandwich

Honey Apple Braised Brisket, Irish Whiskey Cheddar,

House BBQ Sauce, Crispy Shallots on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Saffron-Truffle Risotto

Shiitake Mushrooms, Chablis Brussels Sprouts,

Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion, Pickled Radish,

Parmesan, Shaved Winter Truffle $14



Brandy Scallops

Large Pan Seared Scallops, Sautéed Spinach & Shallots,

 Sweet Peppers, Brandy Cream Sauce $14