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.

11/20 Dinner

Yellow Flicker Beet

Braised Yellow Beets, Granny Smith Apples, Red Onion, Walnuts,

Tiny Farms Arugula, Raspberry Cream Cheese on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Smoked Trout Salad

Smoked Speckled Trout, Spanish Artichoke Hearts,

Lemon Balsamic Reduction, Toasted Almonds,

Goat Cheese, Spinach, Apple Dijon Vinaigrette $11


Chicken Liver Pâté

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

Blackberry Jam, Apple Butter, Crostini $12


Fried Chicken Taco

House-BBQ, Slaw, Jalapeno-Pimento Relish,

Chives on Corn Tortillas $10


Harvest Risotto

Butter & Garlic Carrots, Broccoli Rabe, Yellow Squash,

Zucchini, Eggplant, Fire Roasted Pepper Broth, Feta, Pea Shoots $16


Flat Iron Steak

Flat Iron Sous Vide to Medium Rare and Pan Seared,

Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms,

Butternut Squash Purée, Horseradish-Avocado Crème $21