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.

1/17 Dinner



Buffalo Fried Squash

Buttermilk Fried Squash, Buffalo Sauce,

Pickled Red Onion, Blue Cheese Crumbles $6



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,

Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette $10



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Roast Lamb Cassoulet

Red Wine Roasted Lamb, Asparagus, Carrots, Sweet Peppers,

Northern White Beans, Lamb & Red Wine Au Jus $15



Pan Seared Swordfish

12 oz. Swordfish Steak, Bacon Brussels Sprouts,

Squash, Caramelized Onions, Pickled Radish,

Creamy Smoked Tomato Marinara $18