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.

5/12 Dinner



Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower,

Blue Cheese Crumbles, Buffalo Sauce $7



Chicken Liver Pate

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam, Fig Preserves, & Sweet Habanero Relish,

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Hakurei Turnip Salad

Sliced Turnips, Red Onion, Cucumber,

Shaved Carrots, Almonds, Arugula,

Plum Wine Vinaigrette $12



 Speck Ham and Provolone

Thin Sliced Speck Ham, Provolone, Red Onion,

 Tomato, Arugula, Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13



NC Softshell Crab

Pan Fried Softshell Crab, Red Onions,

Bell Peppers, Red’s Farm Bok Choy,

Yuzu Tobiko, Garlic Tomato Broth $15



Mahi Mahi

Pan Seared Mahi, Garlic Roasted Potatoes,

Sherry & Butter Braised Brussels Sprouts,

Sweet Basil Pesto Sauce $16