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.

6/18 Dinner




Fried Artichokes & Bluebird Meadows Candy Onions,

Sweet Hoisin, Suki Yaki Sauce $7



Duck Liver & Morel Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Green Pepper Jelly,

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 Po’ Boy

Buttermilk Fried Soft Shell Crab, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Bluebird Meadows Tropea Onions and Celery,

 Basil Hollandaise on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $16



Pork Belly

Peach Braised Pork Belly, Bell Peppers,

Slow Cooked Bacon Collards, King Trumpet Mushrooms,

Peach & Lemon Basil Au Jus $16