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.

4/22 Dinner





Speck & Melon

Smoked Prosciutto, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew,

Strawberry Balsamic, Toasted Almonds $9



Duck Liver Pâté

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Red Onion,

Pickled Okra, Sundried Tomato Chutney, Crostini $11 


Ellerbe Creeks Farms Kale Salad

Marinated Kale, Avocado, Shaved Carrot, Red Onion,

 Purple Cabbage, Cilantro, Red Pepper-Ginger Dressing $11


Fried Liver Biscuits

Fried Chicken Livers, Caramelized Onions, Kale,

House-made Biscuits, Smoked Gouda Mornay $11


Italian Sausage Sub

Hot Italian Sausage, Fiddlehead Ferns, Shallots, Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Shaved Black Truffle on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $13

Duck Breast

Sautéed Baby Arugula, Marinated Artichoke Hearts,

Pickled Red Onion, Israeli Couscous, Guajillo Pepper Sauce $17