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.

8/17 Dinner




Chicken Wings (8)

Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Jamaican Curry

With Blue Cheese Dip $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



Turkey Sandwich

Sweet Chili Thyme Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

 Red Onion, Swiss, Sweet Chili-Lime Sauce, Field Greens on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Braised Short Rib

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Braised Short Rib,

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, Celery, Mixed Bell Peppers,

Fried Spinach, Au Jus $15



Pan Seared N.C. Spanish Mackerel

N.C. Spanish Mackerel, Sautéed Button Mushrooms,

Sherry Braised Brussels Sprouts, Fried Padrons,

Funny Girl Farm Sage Hollandaise $16