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.

11/19 Dinner




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower,

Sautéed Shallots, Red Pepper Flakes, Parsley,

 Butternut Squash Remoulade Sauce $6



Duck, Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Vidalia Relish, House Raspberry Mint Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Beet Salad

Marinated Burch Farm Dino Kale, Spanish Cured Lomo Ham,

 Shallots, Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Roasted Walnuts, Parmesan, Saffron Vinaigrette $12



Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, House Maple Cured Bacon, Spinach,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12




Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Chicken,

Red & Green Bell Peppers, Onions, Tomato, Jasmine Rice $13



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth with Fed Frites $14