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.

1/31 Dinner

Smoked Pâté

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

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



Cucumber Salad

Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Citrus-Basil Vinaigrette, Toasted Almonds, Carrot Oil, Balsamic Reduction $10


Truffles & Caviar

Black Winter Truffles, Salmon Roe, Julienne Radish,

Saffron Arancini, Micro Watercress, Raspberry-Red Pepper Coulis $11



House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Sausage Meatball Pita

Roasted Red Peppers, B & B Farms Spinach,

Vodka Sauce, Feta on a Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $11 


Fried Chicken Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Slow-cooked Collards, Pickled Onions, Franks Red Hot Maple Syrup,

Elbow Noodles, Gorgonzola & Cheddar Mornay $14