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.

7/27 Dinner



Chicken Liver Pâté

Dijon & Whole Grain Mustard, Capers,

Red Onion Marmalade, Pickled Okra, Onion Jam, Crostini $12



Candied Radish Salad

Candied Radish Chips, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Artichoke,

Arugula, Roasted Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Raspberry Vinaigrette $10



Pork Loin Sandwich

Marinated Pork loin, Tomatoes, Arugula,

Fried Shallots, Herbed Dijon on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Spanish Mackerel

Easter Radish, Sea Beans,

Charred Lemon, Mediterranean Couscous,

Opal Basil Pesto, Balsamic Syrup $16