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.

3/18 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


  Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Bell Pepper, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider 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& Beech 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