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.

11/4 Lunch

Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Sautéed Shallots,

Red Pepper Flakes, Parsley, Remoulade Dipping Sauce $6



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Three Pepper Jelly & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



 Winter Salad

Hard Boiled Egg, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Snow Peas,

Olives, Roasted Fingerlings, Mixed Greens, Anchovy Parsley Vinaigrette $10



Felino Salami Sandwich

Salami Cured with Red Wine, Arugula, Tomato,

Red Onion, Swiss, Herbed Dijon on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Short Rib Gyro

Slow Cooked Short Rib with Apple & Pear, Shaved Carrots & Squash,

Kimchi, Chili-Basil Crema, Ellerbe Creek Arugula on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $14