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.

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Smoked Pâté

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

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


Winter Squash

Roasted Zucchini, Yellow Squash & Tomatoes,

Goat Cheese, Tiny Farms Arugula, Toasted Almonds,

Sambal Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


Neese’s Cheese Fries

Neese’s Sausage, Shallots, Nacho Cheese, Fed Fries, Scallion $10


Chicken Wings

Signature Bangarang Sauce, Carrots & Celery, Gorgonzola Dipping Sauce $10



House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Pork Tenderloin Tacos (3)

Pineapple & Nori Salsa, Sliced Fresh Jalapenos,

Pickled Onions, Hollandaise on a Corn Tortillas $12