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.

1/12 Dinner



The Devil’s Eggs

Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs, Habanero Relish,

Salmon Roe, Parsley, Spicy Crema $8



Jasmine Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Frog Jam & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

 Herb Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Red Peppers,

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts, Arugula,

 Honey Grapefruit Vinaigrette $10



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Venison Meatballs over Squid Ink Linguini

Manchego Stuffed Spanish Meatballs, Woodfruit Oyster Mushrooms,

Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre, Sweet Peppers, Asparagus,

Shaved Winter Truffle, Red Pepper Marinara $14



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $14