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.



Onion Rings with Chipotle Aioli 8

Fed Fries A Large Portion of our Fresh-Cut, Twice-Cooked Fries with Garlic & Parsley 6

Chicken Wings (8) Buffalo, Jerk Dry Rub or BBQ with Blue Cheese Dip 9

Nachos Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo, Jalapenos, Refried Black Beans 9

Add Chicken, Pork or Guacamole 3  


Add a side of Fries or a small Green Salad for 3

Veggie Sliders Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole, Fresh Salsa & Jalapeno Aioli (1) 5, (2) 9

Add Cheddar, Provolone, Habanero Jack Cheese, Swiss or Bacon 1

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese,

Arugula & Tomato on a Brioche Bun 10

Grilled Cheese Cheddar cheese, Roasted Tomatoes, Avocado on Focaccia 9

Pork Sandwich Beer Braised Pork, Jalepenos and Cheddar Cheese on a Baguette 9