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.

8/8 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




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Catfish Po’Boy

Buttermilk Fried NC Catfish, Chorizo Slaw,

Stone Bros. Pickled Beets, Jamaican Curry Sauce on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $15



Duck Breast Hash

Pan Seared Duck Breast Marinated in Confit Brandy Cherries,

Asparagus, Cauliflower, Bell Peppers, Squash, Zucchini,

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Sherry Reduction $16