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.

5/22 Dinner



Fried Artichokes

Buttermilk Fried Artichokes, Pickled Red Onions,

Balsamic Syrup $6



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Blackberry Jelly,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Sweet Paprika Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Bluebird Meadows Radish,

Bell Peppers, Cucumber, Toasted Walnuts, Arugula,

Sweet Paprika Vinaigrette $11



Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Cucumbers, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Softshell Crab

Buttermilk Fried Jumbo Softshell, Old Bay Roasted Potatoes,

Bluebird Meadows Swiss Chard, Cherry Tomatoes, Onions, Bell Peppers,

Parmesan, Creole Remoulade $15



NC Spanish Mackerel

Pan Seared Spanish Mackerel, Woodfruit Shiitake,

Bluebird Meadows Dino Kale & Chioggia Beets,

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Pesto Hollandaise $16