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.

11/19 Dinner

Smoked Trout Salad

Smoked Speckled Trout, Spanish Artichoke Hearts,

Lemon Balsamic Reduction, Toasted Almonds,

Goat Cheese Spinach, Apple Dijon Vinaigrette $11


Chicken Liver Pâté

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

Blackberry Jam, Apple Butter, Crostini $12



Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

White Cheddar, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Fried Chicken Taco

House-BBQ, Slaw, Jalapeno-Pimento Relish,

Chives on Corn Tortillas $10


Smoked Tri Tip Sliders

Thin Sliced Beef Tri Tip, Pickled Onions,

Arugula, Sofrito Aioli, Tapenade on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Harvest Risotto

Garlic Butter Carrots, Brussels Sprouts,

Shiitake Mushrooms, Eggplant, Shallots, Feta,

Fire Roasted Pepper Broth, Microgreens $16