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.

2/2 Dinner





Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Roasted Walnuts,

 Apple Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Chipotle BBQ Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $6



Adobo Salad

Hard Boiled Egg, Roasted Red Peppers, Shaved Carrots,

Crispy Fried Shallots, Arugula, Roasted Walnuts,

Goat Cheese, Chipotle Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb Roast, Pickled Red Onion,

Cucumbers, Arugula, Feta, Tzatziki Sauce

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Pork Tenderloin

Apple Cider & Brown Sugar Marinated Tenderloin Cutlet,

Fingerling Puree with Beet Jus, Asparagus, Sweet Peppers,

Caramelized Onions, Apple Balsamic Syrup $14



Bison Short Ribs

Slow Braised Red Wine Bison Short Ribs,

Five Cheese Mac N’ Cheese, Sautéed Portabella,

Slow Cooked Bacon Collards, Honey Chipotle Au Jus $16