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.

12/17 Dinner





Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Pickled Red Onion,

Garlic-Parsley, Cajun Remoulade $6



Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno-Fig Preserves & Sweet Pepper Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Sprouts Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Peppers, Shaved Carrot & Radish,

 Arugula, Alfalfa Sprouts, Honey Cucumber Vinaigrette $10




House Cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

 Swiss Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Eggplant Parmesan

Buttermilk Fried Eggplant, Tomato, Artichoke, Red Pepper,

Red Onion, Parmesan, Marinara, Ellerbe Creek Rainbow Chard,

Saffron-Truffle Risotto $14



Terus Major

Red Wine Marinated Beef Shoulder Lion, Slow Cooked Bacon Collards,

Woodfruit Sweet Tooth Mushrooms, Garlic Sweet Potato Puree,

Sherry-Thyme Reduction $15