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.

1/8 Dinner




Hoppin’ John Wontons (6)

Black Eyed Peas, Sweet Corn, Green & Red Peppers,

 Onions, Sweet Chili Sauce $6



Duck Liver & Maitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jelly & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Parmesan-Mint Salad

Granny Smith Apples, Shaved Radish, Red Onion,

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Almonds,

Parmesan-Mint Vinaigrette $10



 Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $10



NC Snowy Grouper

Pan Seared NC Snowy Grouper, Lemon Zest Roasted Fingerlings,

Shiitake, Sweet Peppers, Soy-Dijon Dressing $16



Mole Bison Short Ribs

Bison Short Ribs Slow Cooked in Mole Sauce,

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Red Onions, Herbed Jasmine Rice $16