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.

8/6 Dinner




Chicken Wings (8)

Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo,  or Jamaican Curry

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Duck Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Watermelon Salad

Bluebird Meadows Watermelon & Candy Red Onions,

Granny Smith Apples, Cucumber, Feta, Arugula,

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette $12



Drunken Brisket Sandwich

Coffee & Brown Sugar Braised Brisket, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Drunken Goat Cheese, Coffee Bourbon BBQ Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Fish N’ Chips

Buttermilk Fried NC Catfish, Chorizo Slaw,

Fed Fries, Jamaican Curry Sauce $15



Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck Breast Marinated in Confit Brandy Cherries,

Asparagus, Bluebird Meadows Cherry Tomatoes,

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes, Sherry Reduction $16