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.

6/25 Dinner




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



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Pimento Cheese & Fried Green Tomato Sliders

House Pimento Cheese, Buttermilk Battered Fried Green Tomatoes,

Red Onions, Bacon, Jalapeño Aioli,

On Brioche Sliders served with Fries or Salad $12



Sweet Sesame and Chili Black Drum Tacos

Pan Seared Red Drum, Red Cabbage, Bell Pepper

Bluebird Meadow Farms Sweet Yellow Onions

 Yellow & Red Beets, Sweet Sesame Chili Glaze $13