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.

11/15 Dinner

Spinach Salad

Spanish Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, French Brie

Apple Dijon Vinaigrette, Buttermilk Biscuit Croutons $9


Beet Salad

Braised Yellow Beets, Cranberry Gelée, Prosciutto,

Microgreens, Shaved Carrots, Toasted Pine Nuts $9


Chicken Liver Pâté

Dijon & Whole Grain Mustard, Pickled Okra, Chow-Chow,

Blackberry Jam, Apple Butter, Crostini $12


Sous Vide Tri Tip

Thin Sliced Smoked Beef Tri Tip, Parmesan Grit Cake,

Avocado, Slaw, Saffron Hollandaise, Bonito Flakes $12


Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Broth, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash,

Pickled Onions, Microgreens, Onion Ash Oil $15


Squid Ink Linguini

Smoked Trout, NC Shrimp, Haricot Vert, Roasted Red Peppers,

Curry Apple Velouté, Salmon Roe, Chives $19