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.

1/31 Dinner





Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Hickory Smoked Bacon, House Herbed Onion Jam,

Apple Balsamic Syrup $6



Duck Liver, Shiitake & Jasmine Tea Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Moonshine 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



Shrimp & Mussels

Sautéed White Shrimp, Spanish Chorizo, Sweet Peppers,

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus, Shallots, Cilantro-Lime Jasmine Rice,

Shaved Perigord Truffle, Maitake Mushroom Gravy $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