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.

3/16 Dinner






Chicken Wings (8)

Honey Mustard, Buffalo, or Smoky Chipotle

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

Fig Preserves, French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Grape & Strawberry Salad

Grapes, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Arugula,

Strawberry Vinaigrette $11



Carolina BBQ Brisket Sandwich

Chipotle BBQ Braised Brisket, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion,

Swiss, Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Chorizo Tacos (3)

Pork Chorizo, Beech Mushrooms,

Red Onion, Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Arugula,

Sweet Chili Crema on Flour Tortillas $13



NC Shrimp & Sausage Risotto

Sautéed White Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Celery,

Saffron Risotto, Button Mushrooms, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Parmesan, Spinach Pomodoro Sauce $16