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.

2/5 Dinner





Fried Artichokes

Buttermilk Fried Artichokes, Apple Balsamic Syrup,

Pickled Red Onions $6



Chicken Liver & Truffle Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Squash & Zucchini Salad

Roasted Squash & Zucchini, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Shaved Carrots, Red Onion, Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese,

Mixed Greens, Maple Vinaigrette $11



Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Walnut Pesto Linguini

Chablis Brussels Sprouts, Red, Green & Yellow Bell Peppers, Shallots,

 Portobello, Smoked Ricotta, House Linguini,

Walnut Pesto Cream Sauce $13



Fresh NC Ahi Tuna

Pan Seared Raw Tuna, Wasabi Mayo, Sweet Soy Ginger Sauce,

Carrot & Cucumber Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette,

Sticky Jasmine Rice $16