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.

5/5 Dinner


Chef’s Pairings:

Boulevard Brewing Takeover


Chicken Tortilla Soup

Roast Chicken Breast, Onions, Sweet Peas,

Bell Peppers, Celery, Carrots, Kidney Beans,

Cheddar, Tortilla Strips $3/$5

Tank 7 Farmhouse


Chicken Liver Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

Scotch on Scotch


Mexican Chorizo Salad

Local Chorizo, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Fried Tortilla Strips, Mixed Greens,

Tequila Lime Gose Vinaigrette $12

 Tequila Barrel Lime Gose


Chili Lime Brisket Sandwich

Slow Braised Chili Rubbed Brisket,

Avocado, Tomato, Honey Lime Crema on Cuban Loaf

Served with Fries or Salad $13

American Kolsch


El Pastor Tacos (3)

Slow Roasted Pork Butt in Tropical Pale Ale, Charred Pineapple,

Onions, Cilantro, Guacatillo Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

Tropical Pale Ale


Lemon Ginger Atlantic Scallops

Pan Seared Scallops, Candied Ginger & Lemon,

Red’s Farm Rainbow Chard & Bok Choy,

Radler Shandy Sauce $17

Ginger Lemon Radler