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.

2/10 Dinner




Fried Sweet Potatoes

Buttermilk Fried Sweet Potatoes, Buffalo Sauce

Blue Cheese Sauce $6



Chicken Liver & Truffle Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Vidalia Relish & Elderberry Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Pickled Radish Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Radish, Shaved Carrot,

Toasted Almonds, Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre,

Mixed Greens, Maple Vinaigrette $11



Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Buttermilk Fried Eggplant, Pickled Red Onions, Arugula,

 Parmesan, Sundried Tomato Marinara on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Pork Cheek Tacos (3)

Dr. Pepper Braised Pork Cheek, Woodfruit Shiitake,

Sweet Peppers, Spinach, Fried Shallots, Goat Cheese,

Dr. Pepper & Pork Au Jus on Flour Tortillas $13