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.

1/30 Dinner

Smoked Pâté

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

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


Brussels Sprout Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Shaved Radish,

Toasted Walnuts, Pecorino, Lemon Marinade, Micro Kale $9



House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Fried Chicken Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Slow-cooked Collards, Pickled Onions,

Elbow Noodles, Gorgonzola & Cheddar Mornay $14


Handmade Linguine

Sweet Pea, Shallots, Micro Watercress,

Vodka Sauce, Sheep’s Milk Pecorino $14


Roasted Cornish Hen

Half Herb & Butter Game Hen, Winter Squash, Chard,

Fingerling Potato Au Gratin, Raspberry & Red Pepper Coulis $16