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.

1/28 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 Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Shallots, Spinach,

Carrot Broth, Micro Watercress, Sheep’s Milk Pecorino $12


Roasted Cornish Hen

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

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


Deep Fried Steak Wellington

Medium Rare Strip, Duxelle in Puff Pastry,

Sautéed Sweet Peppers, Swiss Chard,

Salted Radishes, Dijon-Caper Sauce $20