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.

7/5 Dinner

Chicken Liver & Mushroom Pâté

Pickled Okra, Dijon Mustard, Balsamic Syrup,

 Green Tomato Chutney, Capers, Crostini $12



Bluebird Meadows Tomatoes

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Belgian Endive, Smoked Feta,

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



Pork Chop Sandwich

Hard Boiled Egg, Pimento Cheese, Arugula on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Saffron-Tomato Broth, Crostini $14



Curry Oxtail

Slow-Cooked Collards, Sweet Potato & Pimento Cheese au Gratin $15



Ballotine de Poulet

Chicken Breast with Apples, Goat Cheese and Thyme,

Smoked Onions, Lime Basil Pesto, Purple Fingerlings, Carrot Purée $17