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 Dinner

Chicken Liver Pâté

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

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


Cheese Plate

Choice of Three $14 or Five $19

1. Red Dragon Cheddar (England) 2. Smoked Pecorino (Italy)

3. Year-Aged Manchego (Spain) 4. Camembert (France) 5. Mauri Gorgonzola (Italy)

Served with Accoutrements & Water Crackers


Pheasant Crêpe

Pheasant & Cognac Sausage, Wild Ramps,

Crimini Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Lavender Honey $16


Mother of Dragons

Smoked Duck Sausage 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,

 Heeks Farm Shiitake Mushrooms, Carolina Ruby Sweet Potato Purée,

Blackberry Hollandaise, Shaved Black Truffle $25


Deep Fried Wellington

Med-Rare Filet Mignon, Chicken Liver Pâté, Duxelles, French Dijon,

Creamed Stinging Nettles & Wild Ramps, Fried Heirloom Carrots $27