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.

2/8 Dinner


Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard,

 Blue Cheese Dip $9



Short Rib & Drunken Goat Cheese Arancini

Braised Short Rib, Drunken Goat Cheese,

Jasmine Rice, Pork Jus Chili Sauce $9



Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11



Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Sesame Chili Pork Belly

Brown Sugar & Chili Braised Pork Belly, Bok Choy,

Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Teriyaki Roasted Shiitake,

Chili & Pear Miso Sauce, Pickled Beets

Over Jasmine Rice $15