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.

4/23 Dinner




Goat Cheese & Bacon Canapé (5)

Baked Herb Goat Cheese, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

Local Clover Honey, Cracked Pepper $7



Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $7



Pickled Shrimp Salad

Twice Pickled White Shrimp, Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots,

Bell Peppers, Arugula, Parmesan, Champagne Cocktail Vinaigrette $12



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Crabby Patty

Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Arugula, Tomato,

Red Onion, Roasted Red Chili Remoulade on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $16



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