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.

3/15 Dinner

Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Chipotle BBQ Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $6



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




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Barley Wine Braised Short rib

Braised Short Rib, Slow Cooked Carrots, Purple Potatoes,

Red Onion & Brussel Sprouts in a Sherry Balsamic Reduction with

 New Belgium Barley Wine BBQ Sauce$14



NC Striped Sea Bass

Wild Caught Striped Sea Bass Pan Seared, Cremini &

King Trumpet Mushrooms, Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes,

Jasmine Rice, Leek and Spring Onion beurre Blanc, $16