The Federal

Celebrating 10 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.



Chicken Wings (8)

Sweet Chili Hoisin, Buffalo, or Honey Chipotle, With Blue Cheese Dip $9


Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Flatbread Crackers $13



Apple Chorizo Salad

Gala Apples, Cherry Tomatoes, Carrots, Red Onion,

Bluebird Meadows Panisse Lettuce, Walnuts,

Sweet Chorizo Vinaigrette $12




Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Left hand Stout Braised Short Rib

Left Hand Stout Braised Short Rib, Bell Pepper, Sherry Sauté

Brussel Sprouts, Squash, Zucchini, Bacon Gravy $15



Fresh NC Red Drum

Pan Seared Red Drum Fillet, Asparagus,

Bluebird Meadows Watermelon Radish & Indigo Radicchio,

Wild Mushroom Sauce $16