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.

1/24 Dinner






Fried Gator Tail

Marinated & Breaded Gator Tail,

 Sundried Tomatoes, Wally Gator Sauce $9



Chicken Liver, Shiitake & Jasmine Tea Pâté

Stone Brothers Damson Plum Jam, Fig & Ginger Jam,

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



Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Smoked Gouda, Roasted Red Peppers on Texas Toast

Served with Tomato Basil Soup $9



Roasted Turkey Panini

Brown Sugar & Sriracha Roasted Turkey Breast, Sugar Bacon,

French Brie, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Chorizo Taco (3)

Local Mexican Chorizo, Sweet Corn,

Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Spinach, Pickled Radish,

Sweet Chipotle Crema on Flour Tortillas $12



Fresh NC Monkfish

Pan Seared NC Monkfish, Ratatouille, Squash, Zucchini,

Eggplant, Ginger Garlic Tomato Sauce $14