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.

6/5 Dinner

Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, House Garlic Pickles, Pickled Okra,

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


Bluebird Meadows Beets

Braised Chioggia, Golden & Red Ace Beets,

Sautéed Beet Greens, Saffron Aioli, Hawaiian Sea Salt $7



House Cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Botifarra amb Mongetes

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Spanish Chorizo,

Baby Leeks, White Beans, Shaved Truffle, Allioli $15


Spanish Mackerel

NC Mackerel, Lollipop Kale, Sautéed Arugula Flowers,

Poached Fingerlings, Pine Nut Sofrito, Charred Lemon $16


Catalan Half Chicken

Roasted Half Chicken, Scallion Black Rice, Apricot-Shallot Sauce, Purple Basil $16