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.

7/23 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



Watermelon Salad

Bluebird Meadows Sorbet Swirl Watermelon & Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Sage Goat Cheese Mascarpone, Shaved Carrot, Cucumbers,

Toasted Almonds, Arugula, Champagne Balsamic Vinaigrette $12




Avocado, Arugula, Tomatoes, Swiss,

Caramelized Onion Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Steak Fajitas

Marinated Flap Steak, House Pico de Gallo & Guacamole,

Sautéed Sweet Peppers & Onions, Flour Tortillas $14



NC Ahi Tuna

Rare Seared Tuna, Garlic Roasted Potatoes,

Sherry Braised Brussels Sprouts with Aged Italian Prosciutto,

Woodfruit Lobster Mushrooms, Lemon Caper Cream Sauce $16