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.

6/13 Dinner



Mussels Cioppino

Steamed Mussels,

Heirloom Cherry Tomato and Garlic Broth,

Toasted Crostini $7



Duck Liver & Morel Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Jalapeno Fig Preserves,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Strawberry Salad

Lyon Farms Strawberries, Shaved Carrots, Cucumbers, Arugula,

Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette $11




House Made Corned Beef,

Spicy Russian Dressing, Sauerkraut,

 Marbled Rye Bread,

 Served with Fries or Salad $13



Braised Pork Tacos (3)

Dr. Pepper Braised Pork Cheek Tacos,

 Bluebird Meadows Red Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts Slaw,

Pineapple, Cilantro, Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce $13



Short Rib Ravioli

Braised Short Rib Ravioli, Swiss Chard,

Heirloom Carrot and Fennel Ragu,

Lemon Basil $15