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.

1/26 Dinner





Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Fried Gator Tail

Marinated & Breaded Gator Tail,

 Sundried Tomatoes, Wally Gator Sauce $9



Chicken Liver, Shiitake & Jasmine Tea Pâté

House Raspberry Mint Jam, Herbed Onion Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Smoked Gouda, Roasted Red Peppers on Texas Toast

Served with Tomato Basil Soup $10



Fish Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Swordfish & Monkfish,

King Trumpet Mushrooms, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Arugula, Soy Ginger Sauce on Flour Tortillas $14



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites$14