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.

5/6 Dinner



Chicken Wings (8)

Sweet Chili Hoisin, Buffalo, or Jamaican Curry

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Chicken Liver Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Chorizo Salad

Spanish Chorizo, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Fried Tortilla Strips, Mixed Greens,

Tequila Lime Gose Vinaigrette $12



Chili Lime Brisket Sandwich

Slow Braised Chili Rubbed Brisket, Swiss,

Avocado, Tomato, Honey Lime Crema on Cuban Loaf

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Fresh Atlantic Scallops

Pan Seared Scallops, Onions, Cilantro,

Red’s Farm Kale, Bok Choy & Rainbow Chard,

Guacatillo Sauce $17