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.

5/21 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 Creek Mixed Greens, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Fennel Fronds $10


Duck Confit Salad

Radish, Pickled Red Onion, Herbed Goat Cheese, Baby Arugula,

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, Biscuit Croutons $10


Italian Salami Panini

Sautéed Ellerbe Creek Micro Kale, Banana Peppers & Fennel,

Provolone, Herb Dijon on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Bacon, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato,

Onion, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13


Romesco Salted Duck Thigh

Sautéed Bluebird Meadows Chard, Sungold Tomatoes,

Turnip & Sweet Potato Purée Saffron Risotto Cake, Shaved Black Truffle $17