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.

6/2 Dinner




Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, House Garlic Pickles, Pickled Okra,

Stone Brothers Chow-Chow & Huckleberry Jam, Crostini $12



Apple Salad

Granny Smith Apples, Shaved Radish & Carrot, Feta,

Ellerbe Creek Farms Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette $10




House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Thai Chicken Taco (3)

Pulled Curry Chicken, Saffron-Cilantro Rice, Fried Cauliflower Florets,

Crispy Shallots, Herb Sour Cream on Corn Tortillas $12




Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Crostini $14