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.

9/1 Dinner


Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower, Fed Sauce,

Sweet Pickled Cauliflower & Red Onions $8



Chicken Liver & Bacon Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Midwest Salad

Pico de Gallo, Bell Peppers, Garbanzo Beans,

 Cherry Tomatoes, Avocado, Arugula,

Citrus Chipotle Dressing $11



Pimento Cheese Panini

Spicy Pimento Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon,

Tomatoes, Onions on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



NC Rainbow Trout

Pan Seared Trout, Charred Pineapple, Bell Peppers,

Onions, Orange Soy Balsamic Sauce

Over Cilantro Jasmine Rice $15



Fed Crab Cake

Seasoned Crab Cake, Sweet Chili Slaw,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $16