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.

2/12 Dinner




Pork Fried Eggrolls (2)

Dr. Pepper Braised Pork Cheek, Kim Chi, Red Cabbage,

Carrot, Jasmine Rice, Sweet Chili Hoisin Sauce $6



Chicken Liver & Grey Dove Oyster Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Vidalia Relish & Elderberry Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Pickled Radish Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Radish, Shaved Carrot,

Toasted Almonds, Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre,

Arugula, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Eggplant Parmesan

Buttermilk Fried Eggplant, Maitake, Garlic Roasted Sweet Potatoes,

 Squash, Zucchini, Spinach, Parmesan, Sweet Basil Marinara $13



Baltimore Style Crab Cake

Pan Seared Crab Cake, Lemon Aioli,

Brussels Sprout & Almond Slaw on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13