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.

6/4 Lunch

Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, House Garlic Pickles, Pickled Okra,

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


Roasted Beet Salad

Golden Beets, Radish, Shaved Carrots, House Bacon,

Ellerbe Creek Arugula, Biscuit Croutons, Dijon Vinaigrette $10


Fried Liver Po’Boy

Chicken Livers, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Paprika Tartar Sauce on a Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10



House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Maitake Tacos (3)

Maitake Mushrooms, Bluebird Meadows Yellow Squash,

Sautéed Arugula Flowers, Wild Ramp Salsa, Goat Cheese on Corn Tortillas $12


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14