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.

7/31 Dinner



Stuffed Pablano

Bluebird Meadows Pepper Fried w/ Prosciutto, Shiitakes,

Goat Cheese, Arugula, Peach Pico de Gallo $6



Camembert en Croûte

Camembert in Puff Pastry with Blueberry Jam, Onion Jam, Capers,

French Mustards and Wellington Crackers $12



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Tomatoes & Cucumbers, Shaved Radish,

Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Balsamic Syrup, Raspberry Vinaigrette $10



Lamb Sliders

Romaine, Tomato, Feta, Black & Green Olive Tapenade,

House Bread ‘n Butter Pickles on Brioche Rolls

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Prosciutto Sandwich

Roasted Bluebird Meadows Fairytale Eggplant, Baby Arugula,

Pimiento Goat Cheese (Spain), Lemon Basil Pesto on Sunflower Bread $14


Chicken Liver & Smoked Feta Ravioli

Lollipop Kale, Hickory Bacon, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Purslane Chablis & Basil Pesto $16



Trout Amandine

Whole Trout w/ Artichoke Hearts, Green Olives, Prosciutto,

Mediterranean Couscous, Sherry & Lemon Sauce, Toasted Almonds $17