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.

5/30 Dinner



Jabberjaw Poppers (3)

Buttermilk Fried Jalapeno Popper Stuffed with

NC Black Tip Shark, Red Dragon Cheese & Cream Cheese,

Red Cabbage Slaw, Creole Remoulade $8



Duck Liver & Morel Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Blackberry Jelly,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Tzatziki Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Bluebird Meadows Chioggia Beets,

Roasted Red Pepper, Cucumber, Toasted Almonds, Romaine,

Tzatziki Sauce $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



Pesto Portobello Linguini

Balsamic Roasted Portobello, Squash, Zucchini,

Bluebird Meadows Radish, Shaved Winter Truffle,

Parmesan, Chablis Béchamel Sauce, House Linguini $15



Hanger Steak

Marinated Roasted Hanger Steak, Bell Peppers,

Sherry Braised Brussels Sprouts, Garlic Roasted Fingerlings,


Morel Mushroom Gravy $15