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.

4/5 Dinner





Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $7



Chicken Liver & Bacon Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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



Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11



Corned Beef Reuben

House Brined Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fresh SC Softshell Crab Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Softshell Crab, Romaine,

 Tomato, Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15



Blueberry BBQ Pork Chops

Pan Seared BBQ Pork Chops, Bell Peppers,

Brussels Sprouts, Red Onion, Carrots, Celery,

Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Sauce $16