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.






Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Pickled Red Onion,

Garlic-Parsley, Cajun Remoulade $6



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno-Fig Preserves & Sweet Pepper Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Roasted Vegetable Salad

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower & Eggplant,

Roasted Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Roasted Pine Nuts,

Arugula, Honey Cucumber Vinaigrette $11



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

 Swiss Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Cabbage & Pickled Onion Slaw,

Swiss, Bacon & Chive Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Squid Carbonara

Noodles cut from Fresh NC Squid, Pork Belly Lardon, Egg Yolk,

Fried Squid Legs, Scallions, Parmesan Sauce $15