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.

7/6 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 Lemon Feta,

Pistachios, Lime Basil, Lemon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Pickled Onion & Red Cabbage Slaw,

 Swiss, Bacon & Chive Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Ballotine de Poulet

Chicken Breast with Apples, Goat Cheese and Thyme, NC White Corn, Okra,

Smoked Onions, Lime Basil Pesto, Sweet Potato, Pimento Cheese $17