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.

8/18 Dinner




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8



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, Walnuts,

Shaved Carrot, Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula,

Pineapple Sage Vinaigrette $12



Turkey Sandwich

Sweet Chili Thyme Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

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

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Mackerel tacos (3)

N.C. Spanish Mackerel, Mixed Bell Peppers,

Sweet Chili Brussels Sprout, Carrot & Red Onion Slaw,

Chipotle-Lime Crema on Flour Tortillas $13



M. Bison Sliders

Ground Bison, Feta, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Curry Aioli

Served with Fries or Salad $15