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.

7/2 Dinner

Padrón Peppers

Fried Padrón Peppers tossed in Red Sea Salt, Brava Sauce, Smoked Onion Relish $6


Fried Green Tomatoes

Pimento Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Cilantro,

Guajillo Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $8


Chicken Liver & Mushroom Pâté

Pickled Okra, Dijon Mustard, Balsamic Syrup,

 Green Tomato Chutney, Capers, Crostini $12


Bluebird Meadows Tomatoes

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Belgian Endive, Mozzarella Burrata,

Pistachios, Opal and Lemon Basil, Lemon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10


Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Mahón Cheese (Spain), Red Onion,

Arugula, Smoked Corn Purée on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Pork Chop

NC White Corn, Okra, Sweet Potato,

Pimento Cheese, Whiskey Sauce $16


Squid Ink & Crab Ravioli

Shiitake Mushrooms, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes

Lime-Basil Pesto, Year-Aged Manchego (Spain) $18