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.

12/15 Dinner

Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Sundried Tomatoes, Grapes, Feta,

Tiny Farms Arugula, Pickled Onion Vinaigrette $9


Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, Petite Dill Pickles, Pickled Okra,

Blueberry Jam, Chow-Chow, Straw Berry Jam, Crostini $12


Pork Tenderloin Cheesesteak

Adobo Roasted Tenderloin, Ashe County Hoop Cheese,

Pickled Red Onion & Banana Peppers,

 Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $12 


Risotto Florentine

Leeks, Roasted Tomatoes, Spinach, Saffron, Manchego $12


Sous Vide Lamb Rack

Brussels Sprouts, Sautéed Bell Peppers, 6 Minute Egg,

Israeli Couscous, Cranberry Bordolaise, Black Sesame Seeds $16


Duck Breast

Haricot Vert, Winter Squash, Apples,

Sweet Potatoes, Orange-Adobo Sauce $18