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.

9/29 Dinner






Chicken Wings (8)

Sweet Chili Hoisin, Buffalo, or Jamaican Curry

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Duck Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Fig Preserves,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Garden Salad

Shaved Bluebird Meadows Radish, Roasted Red Pepper, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts, Arugula, Champagne Vinaigrette $12



Spam, Bacon, Spam, Apples

Grilled Spam, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Granny Smith Apple,

Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, Jalapeno Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Pork Loin

Honey Thyme Roasted Pork Loin, Garlic Mashed Potatoes,

Pickled Red Onion, Crispy Fried Spinach, Pork Jus Gravy $15



Beer Braised Short Rib

New Belgium Dragon’s Milk Chocolate Stout Braised Short Rib,

NC Sweet Corn & Molasses Succotash, Dragon’s Milk Bourbon BBQ Sauce $15