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.

4/30 Dinner




Fried Shrimp Cocktail (5)

Buttermilk Fried White Shrimp,

Lemon, Parsely, Cocktail Sauce $8



Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno Fig Preserves & Sweet Habanero Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Bell Peppers,

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Champagne Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Red Dragon Sandwich

Marinated Pulled Flap Steak, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion,

Red Dragon Cheese, Chili Bourbon BBQ Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13




Pan Seared Rockfish, Marinated Bluebird Meadows Dino Kale,

Purple Sweet Potato Puree, Pickled Bluebird Meadows Chioggia Beets & Fennel Heads,

Pesto Bechamel $17



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