The Federal

Celebrating 10 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.

Past Specials

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    The Federal

    Pulled Pork Smoked Pork Shoulder, Toasted Almond Slaw, House BBQ Sauce on Brioche Served with Fries or Salad

    4 days ago
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    The Federal

    Veggie Taco Roasted Sweet Potato, Zucchini, NC Sweet Corn, Pickled Red Onion, Pepper Jack, Jalapeno Salsa, Scallions

    4 days ago
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    The Federal

    Shredded Chicken Panini Avocado, Red Onion, White Cheddar, Romaine, Chipotle Salsa on Sourdough Served with Fries or Salad

    4 days ago
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    The Federal

    Roasted Beet Salad Feta, Crumbled Bacon, Shaved Radish, Mixed Greens, Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

    4 days ago
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    The Federal

    Tasting Plate Fried Padrón Peppers, Year Aged, Manchego, Chicken Liver Pâté, Speck, Pan Con Tomate, Sherry-Garlic Purée

    4 days ago
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    The Federal

    Pulled Pork Smoked Pork Shoulder, Toasted Almond Slaw, House BBQ Sauce on Brioche Served with Fries or Salad

    4 days ago
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    The Federal

    Chipirones en su tinta Squid stuffed Squid braised in Peppers & Squid Ink, Arborio Rice, Sea Beans, Saffron

    4 days ago
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    The Federal

    Shredded Chicken Panini Avocado, Red Onion, White Cheddar, Romaine, Chipotle Salsa on Sourdough Served with Fries or Salad

    4 days ago
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    The Federal

    Roasted Beet Salad Feta, Crumbled Bacon, Shaved Radish, Mixed Greens, Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

    4 days ago
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    The Federal

    Steamed Mussels Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry, Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini

    5 days ago
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    B.L.A. Hickory Bacon, Red Onion, Granny Smith Apples, Lettuce, Swiss, Texas Pete Aioli on Sourdough Served with Fries or Salad

    5 days ago
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    The Federal

    Roasted Squash Zucchini & Yellow Squash, Roasted Tomatoes, Whipped Goat Cheese, Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette, Tiny Farms Arugula, Pine Nuts

    5 days ago
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    The Federal

    Chicken Wings Bangarang Wing Sauce, Carrots & Celery, Dijon Honey Mustard

    5 days ago
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    The Federal

    Fried Shrimp Risotto Roasted Red Peppers, Corn, Arugula, Shallots, Pickled Carrots, Cucumbers, & Onions, Saffron, Sheep’s Milk Pecorino

    5 days ago
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    The Federal

    Pulled Pork Smoked Pork Shoulder, Toasted Almond Slaw, House BBQ Sauce on Brioche Served with Fries or Salad

    5 days ago
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    The Federal

    Roasted Squash Zucchini & Yellow Squash, Roasted Tomatoes, Whipped Goat Cheese, Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette, Tiny Farms Arugula, Pine Nuts

    5 days ago
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    The Federal

    Pollo Fritas Fried Chicken tossed in a Smokey Spice Mix, Cowboy Dipping Sauce

    5 days ago
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    The Federal

    Roasted Beet Salad Feta, Crumbled Bacon, Shaved Radish, Mixed Greens, Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

    5 days ago
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    The Federal

    Po’ Boy Fried NC Shrimp, Pickled Red Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Texas Pete Remoulade on Brioche Served with Fries or Salad

    6 days ago
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    The Federal

    B.L.A. Hickory Bacon, Red Onion, Granny Smith Apples, Lettuce, Swiss, Texas Pete Aioli on Sourdough Served with Fries or Salad

    6 days ago