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.

Pâté & Brie

Chicken Liver Pâté, Brie, French Mustards, Pickled Okra,

Blueberry Jam, Chow-Chow, Balsamic Reduction, Crostini $12



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


Carnitas Biscuits

House-made Biscuits, Braised Pork Shoulder,

Sautéed Mustard Greens, Sofrito, Ashe County Hoop Cheese

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Fried Chicken & Waffles

Cognac Butter, Texas Pete Whipped Cream, Maple Syrup $14


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14