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.

12/8 Dinner





Fried Crimini Mushrooms

Buttermilk Fried Crimini, Blue Cheese,

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce $8



Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Sweetwater Dank Tank Salad

Roasted Asparagus, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Red Onion, Bean Sprouts, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Sweetwater Dank Tank Vinaigrette $12



Spam & Pineapple Sandwich

Grilled Spam, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Pineapple,

Swiss, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Strip Steak Sandwich

Brown Sugar Chili Rubbed Sirloin Strip, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on a Pretzel Roll

Served with fries or Salad $14



Orange & Pineapple Duck Breast

Pan Seared Red Wine & Orange Marinated Duck Breast,

Beech Mushrooms, Mixed Bell Peppers, Forbidden Rice,

Pickled Radish, Orange-Pineapple Chili Sauce $16