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.

11/25 Dinner




Wontons (6)

Fried Wontons with King’s Hawaiian Roll Stuffing,

Cranberry Soy Sauce, Mint Oil $6



Duck, Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Vidalia Relish, House Raspberry Mint Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Brussels Sprout Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Red Onions,

Arugula, Golden Raisins, Creamy Honey Vinaigrette $10



Roasted Ham Sandwich

Slow Roasted Steamship Ham, French Brie, Tomatoes,

Arugula, Red Onions, Cranberry Sauce on Sourdough $12



Surf n’ Turf Taco (3)

Slow Braised Short Rib, Adobo-Lime Marinated Shrimp

Sweet Peppers, Maitake, Squash, Arugula,

Pickled Radish & Orange, Kim Chi Aioli $13



Rainbow Trout Amandine

Pan Seared Rainbow Trout, Haricots Verts,

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings with Orange Zest,

Charred Lemon, Roasted Almonds, Saffron Hollandaise $15