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.

3/10 Dinner




Chicken Wings (8)

Chipotle Barbeque, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Jam & Sweet Pepper Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Roasted Red Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes,

Shaved Carrots, Cucumbers, Feta, Toasted Almonds,

Mixed Greens, Sweet Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette $10




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



3x3 Vegan Chili

Beluga Lentils, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Tomatoes, Onions, Bourbon,

Guajillo, Ancho & New Mexico Red Chiles, Avocado, Cilantro,

Over Jasmine Rice $13



Saffron Truffle Risotto

Year Aged Acquerello Risotto, Porcini Mushroom, Cherry Tomatoes,

Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion, Asparagus, Parmesan,

Shaved Winter Truffles $14