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.

3/17 Dinner

Chicken Liver Pâté

Raspberry Preserve, Pickled Shallots,

Dijon Mustard, Banana & Jalapeno Pepper Relish,

House Pickles, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12


Sausage & Pepper Salad

Pecan Smoked Andouille, Fried Lollipop Kale, Pickled Red Onion,

Goat Cheese Mousse, Banana Pepper Gelée $11


Ham & Cheese Panini

Smoked Ham, Roasted Tomato, Red Onion,

Cheddar, Basil Pesto on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Sweet Potato Reuben

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Bangers & Mash

Fried Bratwurst & Irish Garlic Sausages, Gaelic Ale Braised Cabbage,

Mashed Potatoes, Shiitake & Rabbit Gravy $14



NC Yellowfin Tuna, Red Peppers, Onion, Tomatoes, Potatoes,

Buttermilk Cornbread, Charred Scallion $15