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.

12/16 Dinner



Cucumber Salad

Granny Smith Apples, Shaved Watermelon Radish,

 Feta, Toasted Almonds, Bacon-Balsamic Vinegrette $9



Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, Petite Dill Pickles, Pickled Okra,

Blueberry Jam, Chow-Chow, Straw Berry Jam, Crostini $12


Risotto Florentine

Leeks, Roasted Tomatoes, Spinach, Saffron, Manchego $12


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Sofrito, Arugula,

Swiss, Garlic Aioli, on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Confit Taco

Duck Confit, Bell Peppers, Pickled Onions,

Goat Cheese, Orange-Adobo Sauce

On Corn Tortillas $13