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.

7/20 Dinner




Wally Gator

Buttermilk Fried Alligator Tail, Sweet Pickled Okra Remoulade,

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish $9



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno Chow Chow & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Ellerbe Creek Farm Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes, Sage Goat Cheese Mascarpone, Shaved Carrot, 

Funny Girl Farms Sorbet Watermelon, Balsamic Reduction, Crispy Bluebird Meadow Sage,

Arugula, Stone Brothers Spicy Chow Chow $12



Avocado, Arugula, Tomatoes, Swiss,

Caramelized Onion Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Short Rib

Pulled KBS Stout Coffee Braised Short Rib, Asparagus,

Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Woodfruit Grey Dove Oyster Mushrooms,

 KBS Stout Au Jus $15



Wild Boar Linguini

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Asparagus, NC Sweet Corn,

Funny Girl Farms Squash, Zucchini, Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes & Sweet Peppers,

Parmesan, House Linguini, Brava Sauce $15