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.

12/18 Dinner

Cucumber Salad

Braised Beets, Shaved Watermelon Radish,

Feta, Toasted Almonds, Bacon-Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Salami Panini

Imported Italian Salami, Pickled Onions & Banana Peppers,

Roasted 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


Chicken Liver Po’Boy

Sofrito, Ashe County Hoop Cheese,

Arugula, Sweet Onion Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10



NC Monkfish Filet, Leeks, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes,

Arborio Rice, Saffron Fume, Hickory Bacon, Puff Pastry $18


White Truffle Linguine

House-made Linguine, Shaved Italian White Truffle

Cognac Butter, Egg Yolk, Smoked Pecorino $18