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.




Buttermilk Battered Shitake Mushrooms

Buttermilk Battered Shitake Mushrooms, Red Dragon

Cheese sauce, Pickled Onions $6



Chicken Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Green Pepper Jelly,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



 Roasted Corn & Bell Pepper Salad

Mixed Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Shaved Carrot, Cherry Tomato,

Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre, Roasted Sweet White Corn, Mixed Greens,

Rosemary Vinaigrette $12



Bacon & Onion Melt

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onions,

Swiss, Provolone, Orange Marmalade on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Slow Roasted Pork Lion

Hospitali-tea beer Basted Pork Loin, Hibiscus flower Pork Jus,

Wilted Spinach, Jasmine rice, Pickled Watermelon Rind garnish




NC Red Drum

Pan Seared Red Drum, Coconut Curry Sauce, Zucchini,

NC White Corn Succotash with Lima Beans, White Beans & Bell Peppers $16