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.

10/26 Dinner




                                                                  Lamb Wontons

Fried Curried Lamb & Kim Chi Wontons,

Scallions, Sweet Chili Sauce, Coconut Curry Sauce $7



Salami Plate

 Three Imported Tuscan Salamis, Speck Ham, Pecorino Tuscano,

Fresh Soft Ricotta, Roasted Red Peppers, Pickled Spiced Apple 

   Served with Crostini $12



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



Blue Mountain Spooky Stout Braised Short Rib

Pumpkin & Coco Nib Stout Braised Short Rib,

Duck Fat Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sweet Peppers,

Slow Cooked Bacon Braised Collards $15



Teriyaki-Ginger Duck Breast

Pan Seared Marinated Duck Breast,

Bluebird Meadows Dino Kale & Roasted Fennel, Teriyaki Chili Sauce,

Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms, Roasted Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potatoes $17