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.

6/17 Dinner



Alligator Bites

Buttermilk Fried Alligator

Pickled Red Onions, Sweet Chili Hoisin $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, Bluebird Meadows Candy Red Onion,

 Goat Cheese, Ginger- Peach Vinaigrette $11



Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, House Tzatziki on Warm Pita,

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Soft Shell Crab

Fried Soft Shell Crab,

Garlic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes,

 Pickled Bluebird Meadows Tropea Onions and Celery,

 Basil Hollandaise $16



Braised Short Rib

Prairie Flanders Red Ale Braised Short Rib,

Slow Cooked Collard Greens,

Espresso Glaze $16