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.

1/27 Dinner

Smoked Pâté

Chicken Liver Pâté, French Mustards, Hot Chow-Chow,

Pickled Okra, Blueberry Jam, Pumpkin Butter, Crostini $12


Kale Salad

Marinated Kale, Cucumbers, Shaved Radish, Granny Smith Apples,

Citrus-Basil Vinaigrette, Carrot Oil, Smoked Walnuts $9


Broccoli Panini

Shaved Broccoli, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion,

Cream Cheese, Balsamic Reduction on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Red Drum Amandine

NC Red Drum Roasted in Sofrito Purée, Pickled Mushrooms,

Garlic Potatoes, Micro Watercress, Toasted Almonds $16


Fried Chicken Biscuit

House-made Biscuit, Slow-cooked Collard Greens,

Sautéed Sweet Peppers, Pickled Onions, Fresh Herb Gravy $14

Roasted Cornish Hen

Half Herb & Butter Game Hen, Hickory Bacon, Brussels Sprouts,

Spaghetti Squash, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Red Pepper Relish, Hollandaise $16