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.

6/25 Dinner


Bluebird Meadows Padron Peppers

Fried Padron Peppers, Brava Sauce, House Sweet Onion Jam,

 Stone Bros. Pickled Artichokes, Himalayan Sea Salt $7




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Bluebird Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & Candy Red Onions,

Shaved Carrot, Toasted Walnuts, Arugula,

 Goat Cheese, Peach Vinaigrette $11



Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper, Arugula, House Tzatziki on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Fresh NC Grouper

Pan Seared Grouper, Cherry Tomatoes,

Sautéed Bluebird Meadows Red Cabbage, Avocado,

Woodfruit Oyster Mushrooms, Tomatillo Sauce, Dragon Fruit $16


Chef’s Pairing:


Saffron-Truffle Risotto

Year Aged Acquerello Rice, Bluebird Meadows Chioggia Beets,

Woodfruit King Trumpet Mushrooms, Red Onions, Roasted Red Peppers,

Spinach, Shaved Summer Truffle, New Belgium Tart Lychee Reduction $15

New Belgium Tart Lychee: Wood Aged Sour Ale Brewed with Lychee Fruit