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.

5/19 Dinner





Camembert en Croûte

Camembert (France) & House-made Blueberry Jam in Puff Pastry,

French Dijon, Sweet Garlic Pickles, Balsamic Syrup, Wellington Water Crackers $11



Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Shaved Carrot & Radish, Year-Aged Manchego (Spain),

Ellerbe Farms Mixed Greens, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Fennel Fronds $10



Blueberry Grilled Cheese

House-Made Blueberry Jam, Caramelized Onions,

White Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Duck Confit Tacos (3)

Strawberry-Chili Puree, Shaved Radish, Arugula,

 Feta, Crispy Fried Shallots on Corn Tortillas $12



Monkfish Po’Boy

Garlic-Butter Braised Monkfish, Swiss Chard Slaw,

 Garlic-Dill Pickles, Creole Remoulade on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $14