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.

5/5 Dinner



Duck Liver Pâté

French Mustards, Peach-Raisin-Ginger Chutney,

Two Chicks Spicy Jelly, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $11



Lemon-Dill Salad

Shaved Radish & Carrot, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Toasted Almonds, Arugula & Spinach, Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette $9



Italian Speck Panini

Smoked Prosciutto, Swiss, Red Onion,

Stone Bros. Cranberry-Orange Marmalade,

Arugula on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Fried Bologna Sandwich

Sunny Side Ellerbe Creek Duck Egg, Fried Green Tomato,

Fried Bologna, Drunken Goat Cheese, Arugula,

 Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Duck Breast Torta

Pickled Red Onion, Daikon & Jalapeno, Spinach,

House Made Blueberry-Mint Jam, Goat Cheese on Bolillo Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $15



NC Red Drum

Sautéed Micro Kale, Shallots, Carolina Ruby Sweet Potatoes,

Pickled Banana Peppers, Blackberry & Guajillo Pepper Sauce $16