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.

8/4 Dinner



Duck Liver Pâté

Farm Pepper Relish, Spicy Peach Chutney, Fig Jam,

Pickled Okra, Capers, French Mustards, Crostini $12



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Tomatoes & Cucumbers, Shaved Radish, Smoked Lemon Feta,

Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Balsamic Syrup, Raspberry Vinaigrette $11



Prosciutto Sandwich

Roasted Bluebird Meadows Fairytale Eggplant, Baby Arugula,

Drunken Goat Cheese (Spain), Saffron Basil Pesto on Sourdough 

Served with Fries or Salad $14



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Dijon Honey Mustard,

Arugula, Tomatoes on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



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,

Lemon-Garlic Potato Puree, Heirloom Carrots, Chablis, Toasted Almonds $17