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.

10/1 Dinner


Chicken Liver & Chanterelle Pâté

House Sweet Red Pepper & Onion Relish, Strawberry Mint Jam,

French Mustards, Cornichons, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12



Pickled Shrimp Salad

Twice Pickled NC White Shrimp, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper, Arugula, Cherry Smoked Pecorino $12



Chicken Liver Po’Boy

Fried Chicken Livers, Pickled Red Onion, Romaine,

Banana Peppers & Tomato, Creole Remoulade on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Duck Breast Panini

Duck Breast Marinated in Merlot & Blackberry Reduction,

Caramelized Onions, French Brie, Arugula on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Duck Poutine

Pulled Confit Duck Leg in Chanterelle Poutine Gravy,

Havarti and Shallots over Fed Frites $13



Chicken n’ Dumplings

Roasted Chicken, Hand Made Dumplings,

Carrots, Green Onions, Chicken Stock Gravy, Garlic Crostini $13