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.

10/7 Dinner






Buttermilk Fried Artichokes, Pickled Red Onion,

Coconut Curry Sauce $8



Chicken Liver, Bacon & Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



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



Fried Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Fried Oysters, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion,

Sweet Pickled Red Onion Tartar Sauce on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Fresh Swordfish Steak

Soy-Ginger Marinated Swordfish Loin,

Honey-Balsamic Braised Bacon & Brussels Sprouts,

Mixed Bell Peppers, Red Onion $16