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.

1/5 Dinner


Buffalo Cremini Mushrooms

Buttermilk Battered Crimini, Buffalo Sauce,

Garlic Parsley, Pickled Onions $7



Duck Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Fig Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Flatbread Crackers $13



Blue Cheese Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Blue Cheese,

Toasted Almonds, Bacon, Spinach, Balsamic Vinaigrette $11




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion, Swiss,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Rare Seared Tuna Sandwich

Rare Seared Yellowfin Tuna, Arugula, Tomato,

Olive Tapenade, Sweet Pickled Okra Tartar Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15



Two –Way Duck Taco (3)

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Pulled Confit Duck Leg,

 Bell Peppers, Cremini, Arugula,

Orange Chili BBQ Sauce $13