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.

2/14 Dinner

Smoked Salmon Mousse

Delfino Anchovy Filets, Fried Cappers, Hot Chowchow,

Pickled Red Onion, Smoked Lobster Butter, Crostini $14



Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Cucumbers, Hardboiled Egg,

Micro Kale, Pistachios, Lavender Vinaigrette $9



Speck Panini

Smoked Prosciutto, Butternut Squash,

Mozzarella Burrata, Balsamic Reduction on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Brandy Butter, Powdered Sugar $14


Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Potatoes, Carrots, Avocado,

Duck Broth, Shaved Black Midnight Truffles $17



Butter Poached Monkfish, Fried Lollipop Kale & Heirloom Carrots,

Quartered Radish, Sundried Tomato Relish, Chèvre-Soy Vinaigrette $18