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.

5/31 Dinner

Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, House Garlic Pickles, Pickled Okra,

Stone Brothers Chow-Chow & Huckleberry Jam, Crostini $12


Waldorf Salad

Dressed Apples, Grapes, Celery, Onions & Walnuts,

House Bacon, Ellerbe Creek Arugula, Biscuit Croutons $10


The Beets

Roasted Golden Beets, Smoked Goat Cheese,

Spicy Toasted Almonds on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Wild Boar Dirty Rice

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Sautéed Chicken Liver,

Onions, Basmati Rice, Panko topped and baked in a Green Bell Pepper

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Fried Chicken

House Bacon, Apples, Onions, Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Sea Scallops

Seared Scallops, Pickled Daikon, Bluebird Meadows Squash & Cucumber Noodles,

Cold Soba Noodles, Mentsuyu Sauce, Cured Lemon, Cilantro Oil $17