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.

5/27 Dinner




Chicken Wings (8)

Insanity Hot, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



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



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Shrimp Linguini

NC Tiger Shrimp, Shiitake, Bell Peppers, Squash, Zucchini,

Bluebird Meadows Radish, Shaved Winter Truffle,

Basil & Feta Marinara, House Linguini $15



Fresh NC Black Tip Shark

Pan Seared Marinated Black Tip, Garlic Butter Sautéed Morels,

Bluebird Meadows Chioggia Beets, Asparagus $15