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.

3/20 Dinner

Chicken Liver Pâté

Raspberry Preserve, Pickled Shallots,

Dijon Mustard, Banana & Jalapeno Pepper Relish,

House Pickles, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12


Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Shiitake’s, 6 Minute Egg, Watercress,

Old Bay Vinaigrette, Biscuit Crouton $12


Sweet Potato Panini

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pickled Squash & Zucchini,

Swiss, Arugula Pesto on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Ham Sandwich

Smoked Ham, Slow-Cooked Collards,

Provolone, Fried Shallots, Spicy Garlic Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Duck Confit

Sautéed Lollipop Kale, Shaved Radish,

Grits, Goat Cheese, Butternut Squash Purée $14


Whole Rainbow Trout

Trout Stuff with Artichoke Hearts, Olives & Peppers,

Sautéed Asparagus, Fingerling Potatoes,

Sherry-Garlic Sauce, Pistachio Gremolata $17