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.

3/20 Dinner


Jamaican Beef Pattie (2)

Traditional Pastry Dough Filled with

Curried Ground Beef Onion & Garlic,

Sweet Chili & Charred Onion Jam $8



Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

Fig Preserves, French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



                                                                             Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Bell Pepper, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider Vinaigrette $11




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Vietnamese Style Local NC Shrimp

Sautéed White Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Celery,

 Wild Mushrooms, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Funny Girl Farms Rainbow Chard, Vietnamese Curry Sauce $16


Southern Pork Tacos
Pork Tenderloin, Collard Greens, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

                                                              Pickled Okra & Onions, Tomato $14