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.

11/24 Dinner




Fried Mushroom & Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Crimini & Cauliflower, Garlic-Parsley,

Blue Cheese Sauce, Basil-Oregano Vinaigrette $6



Duck, Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Vidalia Relish, House Raspberry Mint Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Beet Salad

 Roasted Beets, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Roasted Walnuts,

Goat Cheese, Arugula, Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette $12




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Provolone on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Short Rib Taco (3)

Slow Braised Short Rib, Sweet Peppers, Maitake, Arugula,

Pickled Radish & Orange, Sweet Sesame Short Rib Aus Ju $13



Rainbow Trout Amandine

Pan Seared Rainbow Trout, Haricots Verts,

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings with Orange Zest,

Charred Lemon, Roasted Almonds, Saffron Hollandaise $15