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.

3/9 Dinner

                                                                      Buffalo Cauliflower

                                                     Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower , Garlic Parsley ,

                                                    House buffalo sauce, Blue cheese Crumbles $6


Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Jam & Sweet Pepper Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Potato Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Avocado,

Lima Beans, Toasted Almonds, Parmesan, Arugula

Sesame Herb Dressing$10


                                              Epic French Dip                                                 

  Roasted beef , Aus jus , Melted Provolone , Horseradish Cream

Served on French Baguette with fries or salad $14


Pork Cheek Tacos

Brandy Wine Braised Pork Cheeks , Cilantro , Pico De Gallo , Maitake Mushrooms,

 Highland Cherry Mocha Chili Crema $13



3x3 Vegan Chili

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

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

Over Jasmine Rice $13