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.

4/18 Dinner




Pita & Brie Bake

Danish Brie, Caramelized Onions,

Sautéed Spinach, Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup

On Toasted Pita $9



Sweet Chili Gator Bites

Buttermilk Battered Alligator,

Ginger, Garlic, Sweet Chili Hoisin $9



BBQ Tofu Salad

Roasted BBQ Tofu, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers,

 Sautéed Beech & King Oyster Mushrooms,

 Roasted Asparagus, Arugula, Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12




Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Red Wine & Spice Braised Pork Belly

Slow Braised Pork Belly, Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Brussels Sprouts, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Wine Jus $15



Fresh Jumbo Scallops

Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops, Shallots, Sautéed Collards,

Cherry Tomatoes, Bourbon Bacon Gravy $16