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.

12/17 Dinner

Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Cucumbers, Roasted Tomatoes, Red Onion,

Feta, Tiny Farms Arugula, Rye Croutons, Bacon-Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Salami Panini

Imported Italian Salami, Pickled Onions & Banana Peppers,

Sundried Tomatoes, Swiss, Dijon Mustard on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


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, Smoked Pecorino $12


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Sofrito, Arugula, Provolone, Garlic Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Sautéed NC Monkfish Filet, Haricot Vert,

Orange Bell Peppers, Adobo Sweet Potato Purée,

Avocado, Hollandaise, Bonito Flakes $17