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.

4/30 Dinner


Chicken Liver Mousse

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Peach-Raisin-Ginger Chutney,

Capers, Pickled Onions, Two Chicks Farms Hot Pepper Jelly, Crostini $12



“Short Cake” Salad

Strawberries, Cucumber, Shaved Carrot, Feta,

Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Biscuit Croutons $9



Japanese Rachel

Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes,

Wasabi Slaw, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Crispy Pork Belly Sliders

Red Dragon Cheese (English Mustard & Ale),

Pea Shoots, Gorgonzola Sauce on Tomato Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Duck in the Hole

Fried Duck Egg, Hollandaise, Fried Bologna,

 Banana Peppers, Arugula in Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10




Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14



Half Moroccan Chicken

Half Roasted Chicken, Roasted Tomatoes, Bok Choy,

Cilantro, Israeli Couscous, Curry Jus, Espelette $17