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.

11/18 Dinner




Spinach Salad

Spanish Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Feta,

Apple Dijon Vinaigrette, Marble Rye Croutons $9


Beet Salad

Braised Yellow Beets, Cranberry Gelée, Goat Cheese,

Microgreens, Shaved Carrots, Toasted Almonds $9


Chicken Liver Pâté

Dijon & Whole Grain Mustard, Pickled Okra, Chow-Chow,

Blackberry Jam, Apple Butter, Crostini $12


Sous Vide Tri Tip

Thin Sliced Smoked Beef Tri Tip, Slaw,

Texas Pete Aioli on Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Slow-Cooked Collards, Sofrito Aioli, Swiss on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Squid Ink Linguini

Smoked Trout, NC Shrimp, Haricot Vert, Roasted Red Peppers,

Curry Apple Velouté, Salmon Roe, Chives $19