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.

2/3 Dinner

Watercress Salad

Salmon Roe, Grated Radish, Sunny Side Egg,

Brown Butter, Micro Watercress $9


Smoked Pâté

Chicken Liver Pâté, French Mustards, Hot Chow-Chow,

Pickled Okra, Blueberry Jam, Pumpkin Butter, Crostini $12


Winter Squash

Roasted Zucchini, Yellow Squash & Tomatoes,

Goat Cheese, Tiny Farms Arugula, Toasted Almonds,

Sambal Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10



House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Pork Tenderloin

Tenderloin Sous Vide in Honey, Rosemary & Brown Sugar,

Brussels Sprouts & Bacon, Marinated Kale,

Butternut Squash Purée, Saffron Arancini $16


Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Lobster Claw, Shallots, Swiss Chard,

Asiago Mornay, Shaved Black Midnight Truffles $22