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.

10/22 Dinner




Lamb Wontons

Fried Curried Lamb & Kim Chi Wontons,

Scallions, Sweet Chili Sauce, Coconut Curry Sauce $7



Chicken Liver & Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno Chow Chow & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Pickled Radish Salad

Bluebird Meadows Pickled Radish, Cherry Tomatoes,

Roasted Red Peppers, Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Arugula,

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette $11



Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Pork Tenderloin

Slow Cooked, Marinated Tenderloin Medallions,

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

Maitake, Pickled Red Onion, Sherry Butter Reduction $15  



NC Speckled Sea Trout

Fresh Pan Seared Trout, Truffle Hollandaise,

Funny Girl Farm Sweet Peppers, Chicken of the Woods Mushroom,

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes, Shaved Burgundy Truffle $17