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.

6/15 Dinner




Alligator Bites

Buttermilk Fried Alligator

Hoisin Sauce $7



Duck Liver & Morel Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Jalapeno Fig Preserves,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Summer Salad

Mixed Greens, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes,

Toasted Almonds, Candy Red Onion,

 Goat Cheese, Ginger- Peach Vinaigrette $11




House Made Corned Beef, Spicy Russian Dressing,

Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese,

 Marbled Rye Bread,

Served with Fries or Salad $13



“BBQ” Shrimp

Jumbo Ruby Red Shrimp,

New Orleans Style BBQ Sauce,

Baguette $13



Soft Shell Crab

Fried Jumbo Soft Shell Crab,

Collard Greens, Arugula, Citrus Gastrique $16