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.

3/2 Dinner




Bacon Wrapped Mac N’ Cheese

King Trumpet Mushroom Mac N’ Cheese, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

Highland Cherry Black Mocha Stout BBQ Sauce $8



Duck Liver & Maitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Fig Preserves & Habanero Pepper Relish,

 French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Mango Salad

Mangos, Pickled Radish, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Arugula,

Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette $10



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Shrimp Po’Boy

Buttermilk Fried White Shrimp, Pickled Okra,

Red Cabbage Slaw, Sweet Kim Chi Aioli on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $14


Chef’s Pairing:

24 Hr. Breakfast Stout Brisket

Chocolate Coffee Stout Braised Brisket,

 Fingerling Puree, Carrots, Squash, Zucchini,

Bourbon County Stout Mushroom Gravy $16

Founders Breakfast Stout ’12 & ‘15