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.

10/25 Dinner


Kale Salad

Marinated Bluebird Meadows Kale,

Artichoke Hearts, Braised Beets, Red Wine Vinaigrette,  

Parmigiano Reggiano, Toasted Butternut Squash Seeds $9


Cucumber Salad

Goat Cheese, Rye Croutons, Kalamata Olives,

Tiny Farms Arugula, Smoked Water Vinaigrette $9


Duck Breast Panini

Granny Smith Apples, Sofrito Cream Cheese,

Toasted Almonds on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10 


Oyster Po’Boy

Lettuce, Tomato, Pickled Onion,

 Sambal Remoulade on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Crostini $14


North Carolina Red Drum

Black Couscous, Broccoli Rabe, Shaved Heirloom Radish,

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