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.

2/3 Dinner




Chicken Liver & Truffle Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Squash & Zucchini Salad

Roasted Squash & Zucchini, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Shaved Carrots, Red Onion, Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese,

Mixed Greens, Maple Vinaigrette $11



Chicken Salad Sandwich

Herb Roasted Chicken, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, Red Peppers, Celery on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Chicken & Rice

Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs, Asparagus,

Grey Dove Oyster Mushrooms, Sweet Peppers,

Spinach, Jasmine Rice, Sweet Ponzu Sauce $13



Bison Short Ribs

Slow Braised Red Wine Bison Short Ribs,

Five Cheese Mac N’ Cheese, Sautéed Portabella,

Slow Cooked Bacon Collards, Honey Chipotle Au Jus $16