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.

6/23 Dinner




Chicken Chimichanga (2)

Roast Chicken Breast, Goat Cheese, Red Pepper,

 Spinach, Shallots, Chipotle Mayo $8



Chicken Liver & Bacon Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Avocado Lime Salad

Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

Red Onions, Crispy Tortilla Strips, Arugula,

Sour Cream, Honey Lime Vinaigrette $11




Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Tilapia Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Garlic Butter Tilapia, Bell Peppers,

Roast Sweet Corn, House Pico de Gallo,

Jalapeno Aioli on Corn Tortillas $13



Green Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots, Garlic,

Spicy Sweet Green Curry Sauce, Crostini $14