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.

6/13 Dinner

Duck Liver Pâté

French Mustards, House Garlic Pickles, Pickled Okra,

House Strawberry Jam, Kalamata Tapenade, Crostini $12


Beets & Burrata

Bluebird Meadows Beets, Mozzarella Burrata,

Sea Beans, Sherry Vinaigrette, Lime Basil, Espelette $10



House Cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Gator ‘n’ Grits

Fried Alligator Tail, Bacon Braised Cabbage,

Arugula Flowers, SC White Grits, Red Pepper Cocktail Coulis $15


North Carolina Shark

Orange & Ellerbe Creek Arugula Salad, Smoked Onion Relish,

 Leek Jasmine Rice, Lobster Butter $15


Herb Roasted Duck Breast

Heirloom Carrots, Shiitake Mushrooms,

Purple Fingerlings, Mushroom Sauce $17