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.

7/23 Dinner


Chicken Liver Pâté

Dijon & Whole Grain Mustard, Capers,

Peach Chutney, Pickled Okra, Onion Jam, Crostini $12


Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomatoes

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, Toasted Almonds, 

Opal Basil, Mozzarella Burrata, Lemon Basil Vinaigrette $9


Watermelon Salad

Bluebird Meadows Watermelon, Tomato-Mint Relish,

Lemon Smoked Feta, Arugula, Toasted Almonds $9


Fried Chicken Tacos

Stir-fry Onions & Farm Peppers, Kimchi,

Guajillo & Sweet Pepper Sauce, Microgreens on Flour Tortillas $12


Pork Belly Sandwich

Crispy Pork Belly, Pimento Cheese,

Sunny Side Farm Egg, Arugula, Jus Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13


Pork Chop

Bell Peppers, NC White Corn, Spinach

Roasted Fingerlings, Peach-Apple Sauce $16