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.

5/15 Dinner


Habanero Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese with Ashe County Habanero Cheddar

Corn Tortillas Chips $7



Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Garden Radish Salad

Watermelon & Red Radish, Cucumber, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Spinach,

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Mushrooms,

Smoked Gouda, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Rosemary Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sandwich

Sliced BBQ Braised Brisket, Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce,

Creamy Coleslaw, Ashe County Habanero Pimento Cheese on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Roast Chicken Alfredo

Roast Chicken Breast, Asparagus,

Mushrooms, Spinach, Shallots, Garlic,

Alfredo Sauce & Spaghetti Noodles $14