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.

10/10 Dinner




Short Rib Wontons (4)

Bacon & Coffee Jam, Peanut Butter Sate, Blackberry Wine $6



Duck Liver & Shiitake Pate

Fig Jam, Spicy Plum Chutney,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $13



Ellerbe Creek Watermelon Salad

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & Watermelon, Shaved Radish,

Roasted Almonds, Arugula, Orange-Honey Vinaigrette $11



Italian Salami Panini

Felino Salami with Red Wine, Basil, Tomato, Banana Peppers,

Drunken Goat Cheese, Italian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Baked Salmon

Fresh Salmon Marinated in Olive Oil, Rosemary & Thyme,

Sautéed Asparagus, Lime, House Green Salad $14



Elk Linguini

Elk, Pear, Apple & Port Wine Sausage, Spicy Maple Cured Bacon,

Asparagus, Cremini Mushroom, Red Dragon Mornay, House Linguini $14