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.

10/3 Dinner





Chicken Liver & Chanterelle Pâté

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

French Mustards, Cornichons, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12



Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Radish,

Cucumber, Pickled Red Onion, Mixed Greens, Red Wine Vinaigrette $10



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Short Rib Taco (3)

Braised Short Ribs, Kimchi, Pickled Okra,

 Arugula, Horseradish Short Rib Au Jus on Flour Tortillas $12



Pan Seared NC Flounder

Soy-Ginger Marinated Flounder, Shaved Radish, Red Wine-Blackberry Sauce,

Saffron Risotto with Shiitake, Sweet Ellerbe Creek Farm Peppers & Turnip Greens $15



Duck Breast

Pan Seared Pineapple Sage Duck Breast,

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Dino Kale, Chablis Reduction $16