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.

5/24 Dinner




Softshell Crab

Garlic Sautéed Jumbo Softshell, Creole Remoulade,

Bluebird Meadows Cabbage & Chioggia Beet Slaw $8



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Blackberry Jelly,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Sweet Paprika Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Bluebird Meadows Radish,

Bell Peppers, Cucumber, Toasted Walnuts, Arugula,

Sweet Paprika Vinaigrette $11




Hickory Smoked Bacon, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion,

Cheddar, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fried Chicken Sandwich

 Hickory Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche 

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Pork Ribeye

Thick Cut Beelers Pork Ribeye, Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes,

Asparagus, Portobello Mushroom Gravy $16