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.

10/29 Dinner


Broccoli Rabe Panini

Roasted Red Peppers & Tomatoes,

Olive Tapenade, Swiss on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Smoked Brisket Tacos

Smoked Pork Brisket, BBQ Sauce, Slaw,

Cilantro, Bonito Flakes on Corn Tortillas $11


Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss Cheese Crisps,

Dijon Vinaigrette, Rye Croutons $12


Speckled Trout

Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Fingerlings, Swiss Chard,

Burnt Orange Sauce, Black Sesame Seeds $15


Smoked Flounder Ravioli

Saffron-Carrot Purée, Raw Carmen Peppers,

Sheep’s Milk Pecorino, Microgreens, Shaved Black Truffles $17