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.

6/4 Dinner




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $7



Duck Liver & Morel Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Jalapeno Fig Preserves,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13


Watermelon Salad

Watermelon, English Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Squash,

 Feta, Arugula, Watermelon Balsamic Vinaigrette $12



Grilled Cheese & Tomato Basil Soup

Smoked Gouda & Provolone on Sourdough

With Sweet Tomato Basil Soup $9



NC Bluefish

Beer Battered Bluefish, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Fed Fries, Pickled Okra Tartar Sauce $15




Pan Seared Scallops, Forbidden Rice,

Bell Peppers, Squash, Maitake, Sun Dried Tomatoes,

Bluebird Meadows Golden Beets, Walnut Béchamel $16