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.

1/29 Dinner




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Chipotle BBQ Sauce,

 Blue Cheese Crumbles $6



Duck Liver, Shiitake & Jasmine Tea Pâté

House Raspberry Mint Jam, Herbed Onion Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Adobo Salad

Hard Boiled Egg, Roasted Red Peppers, Shaved Carrots,

Crispy Fried Shallots, Arugula, Roasted Walnuts,

Goat Cheese, Chipotle Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Drunken Boar Sandwich

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Red Dragon Cheese (Welsh Cheddar with Ale),

Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Herbed Dijon on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Shrimp & Mussel Linguini

House Linguini, Grey Dove Oyster Mushrooms, Asparagus,

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Winter Truffles, Sweet Peppers,

Brandy Cream Sauce $15



Vermillion Snapper

Pan Seared NC Vermillion Snapper, Charred Lemon,

Red, Yellow & Green Bell Peppers, Roasted Red Potatoes,

Pickled Radish, Saffron Herbed Butter Sauce $16