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.

5/17 Dinner




Veggie Fritters

Deep Fried Squash, Zucchini, Red Onion,

Bell Peppers with a Cranberry Carrot Sauce $8



Duck Liver, Rosemary & Sage Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Elderberry Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Strawberry Salad

Fresh Strawberries, Shaved Carrots, Cucumbers, Arugula,

Parmesan, Toasted Almonds, Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



B.L.A.  2.0

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Avocado,

 Red Onion, Swiss, Imperial Stout BBQ Sauce on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $13


Softshell Crab

Buttermilk Fried Softshell Crab, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Sweet Saffron Tartar Sauce on a Hoagie Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $15



Fresh NC Mahi Mahi

Pan Seared Mahi Mahi, Bluebird Meadows Chioggia Beets,

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Spinach, Shiitake-Ginger Cream Sauce $18