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.

New Year's Eve

Millefeuille of Tuna

NC Tuna Sous Vide in Thyme & Sumac Berries, 6 Minute Egg,

Stewed Leeks, Sundried Tomato Purée, Puff Pastry, Salmon Caviar $9


Chicken Liver Pâté

Romesco Sauce, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Chow-Chow, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12


Winter Salad

Shaved Radish & Brussels Sprouts, Grapes,

Toasted Almonds, Tiny Farms Arugula, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette $9


Speck Salad

Smoked Prosciutto, Champagne Gelée, Parmigiano Reggiano,

Biscuit Croutons, Mustard Greens, Sherry-Raspberry Vinaigrette $10


Butternut Squash Panini

Apples, Shaved Onions, Field Greens,

Mascarpone on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Eggplant Sandwich

Fried Eggplant, Sofrito, Smoked Brie,

Tiny Farms Arugula, Balsamic Reduction on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Lamb Gnocchi

Lamb Meatballs in a Saffron-Curry Sauce, Sweet Potato Gnocchi,

Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Pickled Red Onions, Bleu Cheese Sauce $16


Lobster Federale

Butter Poached Lobster, Cognac, Manchego Mornay,

Shaved Italian White Truffles, Asparagus $24