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.

8/16 Dinner

Buffalo Cauliflower

Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

                                                          Blue Cheese Crumbles $9



Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Frog Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Smoked Goat Cheese & Arugula Salad  

Speck Ham, Cherry Tomatoes, Pine Nuts,

Shaved Carrot, Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula,

Roasted Asparagus, Pineapple Sage Vinaigrette $12



Sweet Chili Thyme Roasted Turkey

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Red Onion,

Swiss, Field Greens on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Braised Short Rib

Braised Short Rib, Stewed Tomato and White Beans

Wilted Spinach,



Pan Seared N.C. Spanish Mackerel

N.C. Spanish Mackerel, Carolina Ratatouille,

Lima Bean Puree $15