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.

7/4 Dinner



Padrón Peppers

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



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



Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich

German Sauerkraut, Spinach, Tomato, Havarti,

 Whole Grain Mustard on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Saffron-Tomato Broth, Crostini $14



Pork Chop

NC White Corn, Okra, SC White Grits, Shrimp Gravy with Chorizo $16



Ballotine de Poulet

Chicken Breast with Apples, Goat Cheese and Thyme, Lime Basil Pesto

Purple Fingerlings, Carrot Puree, Smoked Onions $17