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.

4/11 Dinner

Mozzarella Burrata

Sautéed Spinach, Sundried Tomato Pesto,

Balsamic Syrup, Shaved Truffle $9


Smoked Salmon Mousse

Salmon & Cream Cheese Mousse, Pickled Red Onion,

Fried Capers, Banana Pepper Relish, Salmon Roe, Crostini $12


Bulgogi Salad

Marinated Steak, Shaved Radish & Carrot, Toasted Nori,

Micro Kale, Watercress, Feta, Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette $11


Turkey Sandwich

Hickory Bacon, Onion, Avocado, Arugula,

Havarti, Honey Mustard on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Duck Breast

Lollipop Kale, Maitake Mushrooms,

Pickled Squash, Asiago Grit Cake, Asparagus Mousse $17


Black Bass

Fried Whole Black Bass, Pickled Fiddlehead Ferns, Kalamata Olives,

Red Peppers, Charred Onion, Basmati Rice, Sambal Hollandaise $21