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.

1/2 Dinner


Chicken Liver Pâté

Romesco Sauce, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Chow-Chow, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12


Butternut Squash Sandwich

Apples, Shaved Onions, Field Greens,

Mascarpone on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Speck Panini

Smoked Prosciutto, Banana Peppers, Onion, Arugula,
Dijon Mustard, Swiss on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Smoked Brisket Torta

Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Ashe County Hoop Cheese on Torta Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Mediterranean Risotto

Sautéed Tiny Farms Spinach, Kalamata Olives,

Spanish Sofrito, Roasted Tomato Broth, Feta $14


Pork Tenderloin

Asparagus, Butternut Squash, Roasted Red Potatoes,

6 Minute Egg, Sundried Tomato Marscapone, Cactus Demi-glace $17