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.

8/21 Dinner







Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Green Pepper Jelly,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Bell Pepper Salad

Mixed Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Shaved Carrot, Pickled Red Onion,

Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre, Toasted Walnuts, Arugula,

Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette $12



Turkey Sandwich

Sweet Chili Thyme Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

 Red Onion, Swiss, Sweet Chili-Ginger Sauce, Field Greens on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Short Rib Taco (3)

Scotty Karate Braised Short Rib, Bell Peppers,

 Red Onion, Sherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Arugula on Corn Tortillas $13



NC Red Drum

Pan Seared Red Drum, Asparagus, Mixed Bell Peppers,

Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Fingerlings, Coconut Curry Sauce $16