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.

10/5 Dinner




Chicken Liver, Bacon & Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Chicken Wings (8)

Sweet Chili Hoisin, Buffalo, or Jamaican Curry

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Garden Salad

Shaved Carrot, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Feta,

 Roasted Walnuts, Spinach, Herbed Vinaigrette $12



Hot Smoked Pastrami Melt

House Smoked Pastrami, Swiss, Red Onion,

Stone Bros Hot Dill & Sweet Flame Pickles, Dijon on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Southern Tier Choklat Tacos (3)

Choklat Braised Pork Belly, Squash,

 Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Asparagus,

Choklat Jus Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13



Honey Thyme Fried Chicken

Fried Honey Thyme Rubbed Airline Chicken Breast,

Sweet Pea & Prosciutto Cream Sauce, Fresh Arugula,

House Gnocchi $15