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.

5/25 Dinner



Chicken Wings (8)

BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin with Blue Cheese Dip $9



Jasmine Tea & Chicken Liver Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Red’s Farm Hakurei Turnips,

Cherry Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Almonds, Arugula,

Blueberry Vinaigrette $12



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Chili Bourbon Brisket Tacos (3)

Slow Braised Brisket, Shallots,

 Bell Peppers, Squash, Arugula,

 Tomatillo Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13



 Shrimp Ravioli

House Shrimp Ravioli, Roasted Red Peppers,

 Spinach, Goat Cheese, Garlic,

       Red Onions, Zucchini, Squash, Cherry Tomato,

White Wine Cream Sauce $14