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.

12/4 Dinner





Buffalo Fried Cauliflower & Crimini

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower & Crimini, Crispy Fried Shallots,

Garlic-Parsley, Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese $8



Chicken Liver, Lomo Ham & Oyster Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno-Fig Preserves & Sweet Vidalia Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Chicken & Honeydew Salad

Roasted Chicken, Honeydew Melon, Shaved Carrots, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,  

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts, Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette $12



Bacon & Onion Melt

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onions,

Havarti, Provolone, Orange Marmalade on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Slow Braised Brisket

Beef Brisket Slow Braised in Whole Grain Dijon & Honey,

Lobster Mushroom Mac n’ Cheese, Carrots, Onions, Leeks,

Dijon & Brisket Au Jus $15



Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Squash, Zucchini,

Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts,

Saffron Risotto Arancini with Spanish Chorizo

Cranberry Balsamic Sauce $16