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.

10/6 Dinner



Shortrib Won-Ton

Coffee and Bacon Jam ,Peanut Butter Sate’ Sauce, Blackberry & Sweet Pepper  $8



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


Honey Glazed Pork

Curried Rice Pilaf, Sautéed Spinach ,Honey Thyme Reduction $14



Duck Poutine

Pulled Confit Duck Leg in Chanterelle Poutine Gravy,

Havarti and Shallots over Fed Frites $13



Lamb Gyro or Sweet Potato Gyro


Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Cucumbers,

Red Onion, Tzatziki Sauce on Pita Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

                                                                                                                                                                                               Duck Liver & Shiitake Pate

  Fig Jam, Spicy Plum Chutney,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $13