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.

4/18 Dinner

Italian Speck & Melon

Smoked Prosciutto, Honeydew, Cantaloupe,

Scallions, Toasted Almonds $9


Baked Goat Cheese & Nettles

Spanish Sofrito, Charred Scallion, Crostini $9


Duck Liver Pâté

French Mustards, Pickled Ramps, Capers,

Pickled Okra, Sundried Tomato Chutney, Crostini $12


Lamb Panini

Sliced Lamb Leg, Banana Peppers, Onion,

Arugula, Feta, Dill Yogurt Sauce on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


NC Sea Trout

Sautéed Ramp Greens, Yellow Squash, Red Peppers,

Grit Cake, Brûléed Lemon, Sherry Beurre Blanc $15


Soft-shell Crab

Fried Peanut Crusted Soft-shell Crab,

Red Cabbage & Apple Slaw, Hoecake, Old Bay Hollandaise $16


Fried Wellington

Filet Migon, Speck, Truffle & Shiitake Duxelles, French Dijon,

Red Dragon Creamed Mustard Greens, Sundried Tomato Chutney $26