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.

3/17 Dinner





Jamaican Beef Pattie (2)

Flaky Pastry Dough Filled with

Curried Ground Beef Onion & Garlic,

Sweet Chili & Onion Jam $8



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




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Oyster Linguini

Pan Seared Oysters, Red Onion, Double Smoked Bacon,

King Oyster Mushrooms, Garlic Parsley, Parmesan,

Lemon, Red Pepper Flakes, House Linguini $14



NC Shrimp & Sausage Risotto

Sautéed White Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Celery,

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

Parmesan, Spinach Pomodoro Sauce $16