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.

5/14 Dinner

Beet Salad

Golden Beets, Strawberries, Year-Aged Manchego,

Walnuts, Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Fennel Fronds $9


Roasted Broccoli

Lyon Farms Broccoli, Heirloom Carrots,

Multi-Color Fingerlings, Caramelized Leeks,

Red Dragon Cheddar Mornay $10



Blueberry Grilled Cheese

House-Made Blueberry Jam, Caramelized Onions,

White Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Wild Boar Sandwich

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Sunny Side Ellerbe Creek Duck Egg,

Sautéed Nettles, Smoked Gouda, Herb Dijon on Brioche
Served with Fries or Salad $13



Goat Cheese & Butternut Ravioli

Baked House-Made Ravioli, Wild Ramps, Braised Baby Fennel,

Red Pepper Vodka Sauce, Smoked Pecorino, Shaved Truffle $16



Deep Fried Wellington

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

Carrot & Chablis Purée, Bluebird Meadows Microgreens $23