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.

10/4 Dinner




Duck Liver & Shiitake Pate

Fig Jam, Spicy Plum Chutney,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $13



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


Oyster Po’Boy

Fried Oysters, Pickled Red Onion, Romaine,

Tomato, Creole Remoulade on a Baguette

Served with fries or Salad $12



Duck Poutine

Pulled Confit Duck Leg in Chanterelle Poutine Gravy,

Havarti and Shallots over Fed Frites $13