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.

12/11 Dinner





Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno-Fig Preserves & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Fried Shrimp

Buttermilk Fried Shrimp, Pickled Pearl Onions, Roasted Almonds,

Ellerbe Creek Mustard Greens, Sweet Chili Cocktail Sauce $9



Winter Pasta Salad

Northern Beans, Black Beans, Celery, Carrot,

Red Onion, Arugula, Parsley, Creamy Honey Vinaigrette $10



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sugar Bacon, French Brie, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth with Fed Frites $14



Ox Tail & Short Rib

Slow Braised Dijon Ox Tail & Short Rib,

 Ellerbe Creek Dino Kale, Sweet Peppers, Carrots, Onions,

Forbidden Rice, Cilantro, Ox Tail & Short Rib Au Jus $16