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.

8/2 Dinner



Ellerbe Creek Duck Egg

Sweet Potato & Heirloom Tomato Ragu, Mushrooms,

Sunny Side Duck Egg, Feta, Espelette, Opal Basil $8



Duck Liver Pâté

Farm Pepper Relish, Peach Chutney,

Pickled Okra, Capers, French Mustards, Crostini $12



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Tomatoes & Cucumbers, Shaved Radish,

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



Wild Boar Sandwich

Drunken Goat Cheese, Banana Peppers,

Spinach, Tomato, Herbed Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14



Duck Breast

Red Dragon Creamed Spinach, Fried Fairytale Eggplant,

Fingerling Potatoes, Red Wine & Raspberry Sauce $16



Trout Amandine

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

SC White Grits, Lemon Basil Hollandaise, Toasted Almonds $17