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.

4/13 Dinner




Chicken Wings (8)

 Insanity Hot, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Duck Liver & Cremini Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Elderberry Jelly,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Italian Salami Salad

Sliced Italian Salami, Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers,

Red Onion, Arugula, Toasted Almonds, Goat Cheese,

Champagne Citrus Vinaigrette $11



Steak Sandwich

Marinated Strip Steak, Brussels Sprout & Red Cabbage Slaw,

Provolone, Jalapeno Aioli on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14



Drunken Pork

Slow Braised Pork, Sweet Peppers, Celery, Red Cabbage,

Carrots, EasterEgg Radish, Green Onion, Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Jasmine Rice$14



Saffron Cauliflower with Sundried Tomatoes

Roasted Saffron Cauliflower, Sundried Tomatoes, Maitake, Shallots,

Golden Raisins, Seitan, Purple Potatoes, Spiced Fried Chick Peas, Green Curry Sauce,

Beet Jus over Butternut Squash Bisque $14