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.

3/4 Lunch





Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $6



Duck Liver & King Trumpet Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam & Habanero Pepper Relish,

 French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Mango Salad

Mangos, Pickled Radish, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Arugula,

Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette $10



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Blueberry Braised Short Rib

Slow Braised Short Rib, Sherry Brussels Sprouts,

Shiitake, Carrots, Onions, Sweet Potato Puree,

  Blueberry Brodo $15



NC Rainbow Trout

Pan Seared NC Rainbow Trout, Maitake Mushroom,

Asparagus, Paprika Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Charred Lemon,

Brown Butter Caper Sauce $16