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.

8/14 Dinner




Padron Peppers

Fried Padrons, Pomodoro Sauce,
Stone Bros. Pickled Green Tomatoes $8



Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Frog Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Watermelon Salad

Bluebird Meadows Watermelon, Red Onion,

Shaved Carrot, Cucumber, Feta, Arugula,

Honey Champagne Vinaigrette $12



Bacon & Onion Melt

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onions,

Swiss, Provolone, Orange Marmalade on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Vegetarian Lasagna

Button Mushrooms, Squash, Zucchini,

Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella,

Pomodoro Sauce $13



Shrimp Alfredo

White Shrimp, Asparagus, Spinach, Squash,

Bluebird Meadows Cherry Tomatoes,

House Linguini, Pink Alfredo Sauce $15