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.

9/10 Dinner



Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Red Onion, Pickled Radish,

Arugula, Roasted Pine Nuts, Parmesan, Citrus-Champagne Vinaigrette $11



Chicken Liver & Cherry Smoked Bacon Pâté

Bacon, Tomato & Rosemary Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Turkey Panini

Sugar Bacon, French Brie, House Walnut Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Italian Salami Sandwich

Felino Red Wine Salami, Cherry Smoked Pecorino,

Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Herbed Dijon on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Garden Linguini

Shiitake Mushroom, Squash, Zucchini, Swiss Chard, Shallots,

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomato, Manchego, Creamy Tomato-Chablis Reduction $12



Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage Gravy, Romaine, Tomato,

Swiss, Caramelized Onions on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13