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.

1/27 Dinner





Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Chicken Liver, Shiitake & Jasmine Tea Pâté

House Raspberry Mint Jam, Herbed Onion Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Drunken Boar Sandwich

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Red Dragon Cheese (Welsh Cheddar with Ale),

Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Herbed Dijon on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fish Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Swordfish & Monkfish,

King Trumpet Mushrooms, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Arugula, Soy-Chili Remoulade on Flour Tortillas $14



Duck Confit Stir Fry

Pulled Confit Duck Leg, Maitake, Carrots, Squash,

 Asparagus, Asian BBQ Sauce, Shaved Winter Truffle,

On Jasmine Rice with Local Mexican Chorizo $14



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $14