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.

9/17 Dinner




Duck Liver, Mushroom & Bacon Lardon Pâté

Bacon & Onion Jam, Strawberry-Mint Jam, French Mustards,

Cornichons, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Smoked Kale Salad

Bluebird Meadows Dino Kale, Roasted Tomato & Red Onion,

 Cucumber, Feta, Lemon Anchovy Vinaigrette $11



Greek Avocado Sandwich

Fresh Avocado, Mediterranean Olives, Arugula, Roasted Red Pepper,

Red Onion, White Cheddar, House Walnut Basil Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Seared Pork Loin

Lima Bean Succotash, Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Okinawan Purple Potato Butter, Pomegranate Molasses $12



Sweet Curry Lamb

Slow Roasted Marinated Lamb Leg, Heirloom Rainbow Carrots, Fingerling Potatoes,

Chioggia Beets, Charred Onion Oil, Lamb Au Jus & Chablis Reduction $16