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.

5/12 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


Strawberry “Short Cake” Salad

Strawberries, Cucumber, Shaved Carrot, Goat Cheese,

Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Biscuit Croutons $10


Half Roasted Chicken

Ellerbe Creek Spinach, Lemon Basil-Basmati Rice,

Heeks Farm Shiitake & Tarragon Sauce $14


Duck Confit

Confit Duck Thigh, Heirloom Tomatoes, Radish & Scallion Relish,

Creamed Stinging Nettles & Wild Ramps, Tri-Color Fingerlings $16


Deep Fried Wellington

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

Sautéed Asparagus, Heirloom Carrots, Blackberry Sauce $26