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.

5/2 Dinner




Fried Shrimp Cocktail (5)

Buttermilk Fried White Shrimp,

Lemon, Parsley, Cocktail Sauce $8



Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno Fig Preserves & Sweet Habanero Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Bell Peppers,

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Champagne Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



B.L.A 2.0

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Avocado,

 Red Onion, Swiss, Chili Bourbon BBQ Sauce on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Chorizo Taco (3)

Local Mexican Chorizo, Saffron Cauliflower,

Sundried Tomatoes, Golden Raisins, Shallots,

Honey Chipotle Crema on Flour Tortillas $13



RockFish Sandwich

Buttermilk Fried Rockfish, Marinated Bluebird Meadows Dino Kale,

Tomatoes, Pickled Chioggia Beets & Fennel Heads, Saffron Tartar Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15