The Federal

Celebrating 10 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.

7/9 Dinner




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $7



Chicken Liver & Chanterelle Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno Chow Chow & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Duck Confit Salad

Pulled Confit Duck Leg, Ellerbe Creek Cherry Tomatoes,

Blueberries, Shaved Carrot, Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts

Elderberry Vinaigrette $13




Avocado, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Hard Boiled Egg,

Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Jabberjaw N’ Chips

Beer Battered NC Black Tip Shark, Fed Fries,

Red Cabbage & Pineapple Slaw, Chorizo Tartar Sauce $15



Stir Fry

Marinated Duck & Chicken Breast, Bell Peppers,

Swiss Chard, Squash, Zucchini, Ellerbe Creek Green Tomatoes,

Chanterelles & King Trumpet Mushrooms, Orange Chili Sauce,
Edamame Noodles $15