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


Cucumber Salad

Roasted Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onion, Feta,

Tiny Farms Arugula, Biscuit Croutons, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette $9


Rapini Panini

Broccoli Rabe, Pickled Banana Peppers,

Roasted Tomatoes, Red Onion, White Cheddar,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Smoked Pork Loin

Texas BBQ Sauce, Kale Slaw, Ashe County Hoop Cheese on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Bacon, Pickled Red Onion,

Swiss, Romaine, Sundried Tomato Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15