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.

10/13 Dinner


Duck Liver & Jasmine Tea Pate

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam, Fig Preserves, & Sweet Habanero Relish,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Fall Salad

Pickled Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts,

Mixed Greens, White Wine-Honey Vinaigrette $11



Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

 Red Onion, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Elk Sausage Sandwich

Elk, Pear, Apple & Port Wine Sausage, Bell Peppers,

Red Onions, Button Mushrooms, Arugula, Sweet Chili Aioli on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Cherry Tomatoes,

Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Shallots,

Honey Balsamic Sauce $16