The Federal

Celebrating 10 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.

5/5 Dinner




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $7



Duck Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Damson Plum Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



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



Shrimp Ravioli

House Made Shrimp Ravioli, Spanish Chorizo, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Sweet Peppers, Maitake, Spinach, Shallots, Shaved Truffle,

Sundried Tomato Alfredo Sauce $16


Chef’s Beer Pairing

Founders KBS Pork Belly

Chile Rubbed, KBS Braised Pork Belly, Roasted Carrots, Squash & Zucchini,

Mashed Potatoes, Kentucky Bourbon Stout Chile-Honey Glaze $16

Founder’s KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout