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.

10/19 Dinner


Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Italian Prosciutto, Asparagus,

Balsamic Syrup, Pickled Red Onions $7



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



New Zealand Lamb Chops

Slow roasted New Zealand Lamb Chops,

 Sherry Braised Brussel sprouts,

Dill Potato Butter, Spicy Korma Yogurt $12



Shrimp Po Boy

Buttermilk Battered Shrimp, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Onion, Cajun Remoulade $12