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



Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Radish, Sweet Peppers,

Roasted Walnuts, Alfalfa Sprouts, Arugula, Sweet Citrus Vinaigrette $10



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, Lettuce, Tomato, Romaine,

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Provolone, Jalapeno Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Shrimp Ravioli

House Ravioli Filled with Shrimp, Tomatoes & Onion,

Brussels Sprouts, Shiitake, Red, Orange & Yellow Bell Peppers, Chablis jus $14



Squid Carbonara

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

Fried Squid Legs, Scallions, Parmesan Sauce $15