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.

6/29 Dinner

Chicken Liver Pâté

Pickled Okra, Dijon Mustard, Balsamic Syrup,

 Green Tomato Chutney, Capers, Crostini $12


Blackberry Salad

Baby Spinach, Shaved Carrots, Pickled Shallots,

Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts, Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Bluebird Meadows Beets

Candy Stripped Chioggia & Red Ace Beets, Arugula,

Pistachios, Guajillo Vinaigrette, Hawaiian Sea Salt $9


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Mahón Cheese, House Pickles,

Smoked Onion Relish, Adobo Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Roasted Pork Loin stuffed with Oxtail, Peppers & Herbs

Creamed Collards, Baked Sweet Potato, Cognac & Orange Sauce $17


Sea Scallops

Seared Scallops, Sea Beans, Spanish Chorizo & Corn Hash,

Shaved Summer Truffle, Brava Sauce $18