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.

6/2 Dinner




Chicken Wings (8)

Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Duck Liver & Morel Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Jalapeno Fig Preserves,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13


Watermelon Salad

Watermelon, English Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Squash,

Fennel, Feta, Arugula, Watermelon Balsamic Vinaigrette $12



Grilled Cheese & Tomato Basil Soup

Smoked Gouda & Provolone on Sourdough

With Sweet Tomato Basil Soup $9



Chorizo Taco (3)

Local Mexican Chorizo, Bell Peppers,

Bluebird Meadows Candy Onions, 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