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.

1/29 Dinner

Smoked Pâté

Chicken Liver Pâté, French Mustards, Hot Chow-Chow,

Pickled Okra, Blueberry Jam, Pumpkin Butter, Crostini $12


Kale Salad

Marinated Kale, Cucumbers, Shaved Radish, Granny Smith Apples,

Citrus-Basil Vinaigrette, Carrot Oil, Toasted Walnuts $9



House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Handmade Linguine

Sweet Pea, Shallots, Micro Watercress,

Vodka Sauce, Sheep’s Milk Pecorino $14


Roasted Cornish Hen

Half Herb & Butter Game Hen, Winter Squash, Chard,

Fingerling Potato Au Gratin, Raspberry & Red Pepper Coulis $16


Deep Fried Beef Wellington

Medium Rare Strip, Duxelles in Puff Pastry, Apples, Pickled Onions,

Bleu Cheese Creamed Spinach, Fresh Herb Velouté $20