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.

1/27 Dinner


Buffalo Crimini Mushrooms

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8



Chicken Liver & Lardon Pâté

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Feta & Balsamic Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, Toasted Almonds,

 Mixed Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Avocado BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Avocado, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Provolone, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Pan Seared Atlantic Porgy

Atlantic Porgy, Corn & Tomato Relish,

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes,
Tomatillo Salsa Verde $15



Boar Sausage & Mash

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Bacon Gravy,

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts,

Pickled Red Onion $15