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.

9/11 Dinner


 Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichoke Hearts, Pickled Cauliflower,

Castelvetrano Olives, Molasses Honey Vinaigrette $8  



Chicken Liver & Bacon Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Paprika Roasted Cauliflower & Sweet Potatoes,

Cherry Tomatoes, Shallots, Toasted Almonds, Spinach,

Lemon Tahini 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



Buffalo Shrimp Taco (3)

Buttermilk Battered Shrimp, Buffalo Sauce,

Creamy Cole Slaw, Arugula on Corn Tortillas $11



Fried Chicken Sandwich

                                                       Spicy Battered Chicken, Pineapple, Arugula

Blueberry Barbeque Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12