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.

12/20 Dinner

Pâté & Brie

Chicken Liver Pâté, French Mustards, Pickled Okra,

Blueberry Jam, Chow-Chow, Balsamic Reduction, Crostini $14


Rapini Panini

Broccoli Rabe, Red Onion, Banana Peppers,

Roasted Tomatoes, Provolone,

Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,
Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye
Served with Fries or Salad $9


Pork Loin Sandwich

Brown Sugar Roasted Tenderloin, Ashe County Hoop Cheese,

Kale Slaw, Texas Pete Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


NC Yellowfin Tuna

Rare Seared Tuna Steak, Sundried Tomatoes,

Leeks, Haricot Vert, Saffron Arborio Rice,

Fennel Ash Crème, Salmon Roe, Bonito Flakes $21