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.

10/16 Dinner




Fried Mushrooms

Buttermilk Fried Mushrooms, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese $8



Chicken Liver & Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno Chow Chow & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Bluebird Meadows Salad

Bluebird Meadows Daikon, Watermelon & Black Spanish Radish,

Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Shaved Carrot, Pine Nuts, Parmesan,

Arugula, Lonerider Tres Vaqueros Vinaigrette $12



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet Chili BBQ Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Fresh Seared Cod

Coffee & Red Pepper Crusted Cod, White Wine Pan Jus,

Asian Ratatouille with Daikon, Siberian Kale, Bell Peppers,

 Roasted Fennel & Cauliflower $15



Lamb Chops

Slow Roasted French Cut Lamb Chops,

Roasted Sweet & Idaho Potatoes, Bluebird Meadows Dino Kale,

Shaved Burgundy Truffle, Mushroom Gravy $16