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.

1/8 Dinner

Endive Salad

Kalamata Olives, Mozzarella Buratta,

Belgian Endives, Purple Watercress, Toasted Almonds,

Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10

Butternut Squash Panini

Apples, Shaved Onions, Field Greens, Mascarpone on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Pickled Onions,

Roasted Tomato Alfredo, Smoked Pecorino $13


Steamed Mussels

Hickory Bacon, Shallots, Garlic, White Wine,

Smokey Pepper Broth, Bonito Flakes, Crostini$14


Duck Confit Poutine

Duck Gravy, Garlic Button Mushrooms, Shallots,

Goat Cheese, Scallion over Fred Fries $14