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.

9/18 Dinner

Fried Artichokes

Buttermilk Fried Artichokes, Garlic Parsley,

Pickled Red Onion, Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette $8



Duck Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Pork Belly Salad

BBQ Fried Pork Belly, Roasted Red Pepper, Shaved Carrot,

Bluebird Meadows Shaved Radish, Goat Cheese,

Arugula, Sweet Honey Chorizo Vinaigrette $12



Brisket Sandwich

Beer Braised Brisket, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Swiss, BBQ Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Short Rib Tacos (3)

Trophy Motueka D.A.V.E. Braised Short Rib,

Roasted Potatoes, Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Arugula, Trophy BBQ Sauce $12



 Snapper Sandwich

Pan Fried Snapper, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Jalapeno Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15