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.

4/14 Dinner




Wild Boar Pita

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Balsamic Caramelized Red Onion,

Red Dragon Cheese, Arugula on Warm Pita $9



Duck Liver & Cremini Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Spring Salad

Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Shaved Radish & Carrots, Red Onion,

Toasted Almonds, Arugula, Red Wine Vinaigrette $11




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11




Pan Seared Rockfish Fillet, Broccoli & Carrot Puree,

Cajun Roasted Idaho, Sweet & Purple Potatoes $15



Saffron Cauliflower with Sundried Tomatoes

Roasted Saffron Cauliflower, Sundried Tomatoes, Maitake, Shallots,

Golden Raisins, Seitan, Purple Potatoes, Spiced Fried Chick Peas, Green Curry Sauce,

Beet Jus over Butternut Squash Bisque $14