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.

10/20 Dinner




Chicken Liver & Mushroom Pate

Stone Brothers Green Pepper Jelly & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Tomato Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot & Radish,

Cucumbers, Feta, Arugula, Honey-Orange Vinaigrette $10




House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut, Swiss,

Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Roasted Turkey Sandwich

Sugar Bacon, French Brie, Pesto Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Shrimp Tacos (3)

Granny Smith Apples, Onions & Carrots in a Chablis Reduction,

 Marinated Fresh NC Shrimp, Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre,

Arugula on Flour Tortillas $13



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $14