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.

5/8 Dinner




Chicken Wings (8)

Insanity Hot, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Duck Liver & Maitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Damson Plum Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Strawberry Salad

Fresh Strawberries, Shaved Carrots, Cucumbers, Arugula,

Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Strawberry Balsamic 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 $12



Sirloin Flap Steak

Braised Flap Steak, Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes,

Bluebird Meadows Sautéed Dino Kale & Shallots, Bordelaise Sauce $15



Fresh Corvina

Pan Seared Corvina Fillet,

Smoked Paprika Roasted Carrots, Squash, Zucchini,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Fennel, Sage & Chablis Butter Sauce $16