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.

7/7 Dinner

Fried Padrons

Deep Fried Padron Peppers, Brava Sauce,

Smoked Ricotta $7



Duck Liver Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Heirloom Tomato Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

Red Onion, Feta, Toasted Almonds, Arugula,

White Wine Balsamic Vinaigrette $12



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Coconut Curry Short Rib

Slow Braised Short Rib, Bell Peppers,

Red Onion, Saffron Rice, Coconut Curry Jus $15



Fresh Triple Tail Snapper

Pan Seared Snapper, Paprika Roasted Rainbow Fingerlings,

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Yuzu Tobiko,

Garlic Butter Pan Sauce $16