The Federal

Celebrating 10 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.

3/12 Dinner




New River, NC Littleneck Clams

Served on the Half Shell with Wasabi Tobiko,

Mignonette Sauce, Sweet Chili Cocktail Sauce,

Arugula 6/$7 12/$13



Chicken Wings (8)

Honey Mustard, Buffalo, or Smoky Chipotle w

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Strawberry Salad

Strawberries, Grapes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Arugula,

Strawberry Vinaigrette $11



B.L.A.  2.0

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Avocado,

Red Onion, Swiss, Walnut Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Pork Medallions

Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Garlic Potatoes,

Spinach, Pickled Lyon’s Farm Sunchokes, Beech Mushrooms,

Bell’s Two Hearted BBQ Sauce $15



Fresh Atlantic Rockfish

Pan Seared Rockfish, Wild Mushrooms,

Sweet Chili-Honey Brussels Sprouts, Yuzu Tobbiko,

Drunken Butter Sauce $16