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.

8/20 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



Bell Pepper Salad

Mixed Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Shaved Carrot, Pickled Red Onion,

Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre, Toasted Walnuts, Arugula,

Honey-Thyme 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



Steak Tacos (3)

Pulled Flap Steak, Crispy Fried Shallots,

Glazed Carrots, Sherry Braised Brussels Sprouts,

Sherry-Bourbon BBQ Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13



M. Bison Sliders

Ground Bison, Feta, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Curry Aioli

Served with Fries or Salad $15