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.

5/2 Dinner


Italian Gorgonzola Pita

Italian DOP Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $7



4 Cheese Crab Dip

Fresh Crab Meat, Smoked Gouda, Cream Cheese,

Parmesan, Cheddar, Bell Peppers, Onions,

Fried Pita Wedges $9



Blueberry Salad

 Blueberries, Cucumber, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Spinach,

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Italian Speck Panini

Aged Italian Speck, Arugula, Tomato, Banana Peppers,

Provolone, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Honey Sriracha Pork Belly Stir Fry

Pan Seared Pork belly, Watermelon Rdish,

Bell peppers, Shallots, Crimini Mushrooms, Honey Sriracha

Over Jasmine Rice $15



Chili BBQ Short Rib

BBQ Braised Boneless Short Rib, Teriyaki Brussels Sprouts,

Pickled Red Onions, Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes,

Chili Bourbon BBQ Sauce $15