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.

3/18 Dinner


Chicken Liver Pâté

Raspberry Preserve, Pickled Shallots,

Dijon Mustard, Banana & Jalapeno Pepper Relish,

House Pickles, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12


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


Kentucky Hot Brown

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Roasted Tomatoes, Bacon, Mornay Sauce

Served over Grilled Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Fried Oyster Po’ Boy

Red Cabbage Slaw, Jalapeo Aioli, Pickled Squash & Zucchini on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



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

Buttermilk Cornbread, Charred Scallion $15