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.

3/12 Dinner




Chicken Wings (8)

Chipotle Barbeque, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam & Sweet Pepper Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Roasted Red Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes,

Shaved Carrots, Cucumbers, Feta, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Sweet Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette $10



Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Cucumbers,

 Pickled Red Onions, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Butternut Pesto Linguini

Maitake Mushrooms, Sherry Brussels Sprouts,

Red & Yellow Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Shallots,

House Linguini, Butternut Pesto Sauce $13



NC Striped Sea Bass

Wild Caught Striped Sea Bass Pan Seared,

King Trumpet Mushrooms, Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Fried Leeks, Venetian Saor Sauce $16