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.

3/19 Dinner

Chicken Liver Pâté

Raspberry Preserve, Pickled Shallots,

Dijon Mustard, Banana & Jalapeno Pepper Relish,

House Pickles, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12


Artichoke Salad

Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives,

Roasted Red Peppers, Pickled Squash,

Feta, Arugula, Sumac Vinaigrette $9


Ham & Cheese Panini

Smoked Ham, Roasted Tomato, Shaved Red Onion,

Swiss, Basil Pesto on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Kentucky Hot Brown

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Roasted Tomatoes, Bacon,

Mornay Sauce over Grilled Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10



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

Buttermilk Cornbread, Charred Scallion $15


Whole Rainbow Trout

Sautéed Asparagus, Fingerling Potatoes, 6 Minute Egg,

Butternut Squash Purée, Pistachio Gremolata $17