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.

6/1 Dinner






Buffalo, Sweet Chili Hoisin, Insanity Sauce,

Blue Cheese Dressing $8



Duck Liver & Morel Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13


Watermelon Salad

Watermelon, English Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Squash,

Fennel, Feta, Arugula, Watermelon Balsamic Vinaigrette $12




Hickory Smoked Bacon, Romaine Lettuce, Tomato

 Red Onions, Cheddar Cheese on Sourdough Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Chorizo Taco (3)

Local Mexican Chorizo, Bell Peppers,

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Shiitake, Arugula,

Chili Lime Crema on Flour Tortillas $13



Pork Ribeye

Pan Seared Pork Ribeye, 3 Cheese Backed Macaroni,

 Slow Cooked Bacon Collard Greens with Chipotle BBQ Sauce $15