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.

12/16 Dinner


Crab Rangoons (4)

Blue Crab, Cream Cheese,

Scallions, Kim Chi, Sweet Chili Sauce $6



Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam, Fig Preserves, & Sweet Habanero Relish,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



B. F. S. Salad

Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

Red Onion, Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, Toasted Almonds,

 Croutons, Balsamic Vinaigrette $12



Bacon & Onion Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, White Cheddar,

Caramelized Onions, Orange Marmalade on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Carne Asada Tacos (3)

Marinated Flank Steak, Guacamole,

House Pico De Gallo & Tomatillo Salsa,

Romaine on Corn Tortillas $13



Crab Cake Sliders

Seasoned Crab Cakes, Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $13