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.

5/13 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


Berry Salad

Strawberries, Blueberries, Shaved Carrot, Feta,

Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Toasted Almonds $10



Summer Veggie Taco (V) (3)

Heirloom Tomato, Apricot and Pomegranate Salsa, Pickled Red Onion & Carrot,

Crispy Fried Shallots, Avocado-Cashew Hollandaise, Cilantro on Corn Tortillas $10



Blueberry Grilled Cheese

House Made Blueberry Jam, Caramelized Onions,

Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10




Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Crostini $14



Deep Fried Wellington

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

Sautéed Asparagus, Heirloom Carrots, Blackberry Sauce $26