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.

12/27 Dinner

Smoked Pork Spring Rolls (2)

Smoked Pork Loin, Cucumbers, Carrots, Pickled Okra,

Cilantro, Smoked Paprika Spring Roll Sauce $9


Pâté & Brie

Chicken Liver Pâté, Brie, French Mustards, Pickled Okra,

Blueberry Jam, Chow-Chow, Balsamic Reduction, Crostini $12


Waldorf Salad

Grapes, Granny Smith Apples, Celery, Walnuts,

Shredded Kale, Bleu Cheese, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette $12


Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Red Peppers,

Red Onion, Swiss, Dijon Mustard on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Chicken Roulade

Bacon, Broccoli Rabe, Swiss & Onion rolled in a Chicken Breast,

Sweet Potato & Spanish Chorizo Croquettes, Hollandaise $15


NC Yellowfin Tuna Sandwich

Rare Seared Yellowfin Tuna, Sundried Tomato Aioli,

Marinated Cucumbers, Pickled Red Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $16


White Truffle Linguine

House-made Linguine, Shaved Italian White Truffle
Cognac Butter, Egg Yolk, Smoked Pecorino $18