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.

5/10 Brunch

Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, Moonshine Jelly, House Green Tomato Chow-Chow,

Stone Brother’s Kudzu Jelly & Cranberry-Orange Marmalade, Capers, Crostini $13


Smoked Chicken Salad
Pulled Whole Chicken, Red Onion, Celery,
Bacon, House Made Garlic-Dill Pickles on Sourdough
Served with Fries or Salad



Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Crostini $14


Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14


Pheasant Crêpe

Pheasant & Cognac Sausage, Wild Ramps,

Crimini Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Lavender Honey $16


Mother of Dragons

Smoked Duck Sauage Scotch Egg, Ellerbe Creek Spinach, Wild Ramps,

Heirloom Tomatoes, Smoked Gouda Grits, Serrano Pepper Gravy $17


Venison Osso Bucco

Venison Sous Vide in Red Wine & Fennel, Sautéed Fiddle Head Ferns,

 Sunny Side Ellerbe Creek Duck Egg, Carolina Ruby Sweet Potato Purée,

Blackberry Hollandaise, Shaved Black Truffle $25