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.

10/24 Dinner



Cucumber Salad

Mozzarella Burrata, Toasted Pine Nuts, Red Onion, Avocado,

Tiny Farms Mixed Greens, Smoked Water Vinaigrette $9


Roasted Beet Sandwich

Gorgonzola, Walnuts, Roasted Red Peppers,

Tiny Farms Arugula on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Salami Panini

Smoked Brie, Kalamata Olives,

 Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Arugula on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Crostini $14


Duck Breast

Brussels Sprouts, Pickled Red Onion,

Benton’s Bacon, Fingerling Potatoes, Sambal-Orange Honey $16


North Carolina Red Drum

Black Couscous, Broccoli Rabe, Shaved Heirloom Radish,

Carrot-Saffron Purée, Salmon Roe, Bonito Flakes $17