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.

10/20 Dinner




Fried Artichokes

Buttermilk Fried Artichokes, Pickled Red Onion,

Coconut-Curry Sauce $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



Pork Tenderloin

Slow Cooked, Marinated Tenderloin Medallions,

Garlic-Dill Mashed Potatoes, Citrus Marinated Funny Girl Farm Kale,

Maitake, Bacon Kim Chi, Sherry Butter Reduction $15  



Lamb & Goat Cheese Ravioli

Funny Girl Farm Sweet Peppers, Spinach,

Sherry Braised Brussels Sprouts, Shaved Burgundy Truffles,

Pickled Red Onion, Italian Smoked Ricotta, Shiitake Mushroom Sugo $16