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.

5/7 Dinner



Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, Moonshine Jelly, House Green Tomato Chow-Chow,

Stone Brother’s Kudzu Jelly & Cranberry-Orange Marmalade, Capers, Crostini $13



Cheese Plate

Choice of Three $14 or Five $19

1. Red Dragon Cheddar (England) 2. Smoked Pecorino (Italy)

3. Year-Aged Manchego (Spain) 4. Camembert (France) 5. Mauri Gorgonzola (Italy)

Served with Accoutrements & Water Crackers


Strawberry “Short Cake” Salad

Strawberries, Cucumber, Shaved Carrot, Feta,

Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Biscuit Croutons $10



Lamb Pita

House Pickled Daikon & Carrots, Goat Cheese,

Arugula, Creole Remoulade on a Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $11




Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Crostini $14



Duck Confit

Whole Confit Thigh, Local Swiss Chard, Fingerling Potato Chips,

Carolina Ruby Sweet Potato Purée, Blackberry-Guajillo Pepper Sauce $16


Venison Osso Bucco

Venison Sous Vide in Red Wine & Fennel, Heeks Farm Shiitakes,

Sautéed Fiddle Head Ferns, Turnip Gratin, Juniper & Blackberry Sauce $25