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.

10/8 Dinner




Short Rib Won-Ton

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



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




House Spicy Maple Cured Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Crab Cake

Fresh NC Crab Meat in a Baltimore Style Crab Cake,

Saffron & Pickled Red Onion Tartar Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Honey Glazed Pork

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