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.

11/13 Dinner

Kale Salad

Marinated Bluebird Meadows Kale, Sous Vide Egg,

Spanish Artichoke Hearts, Buttermilk Biscuit Croutons,

Apple Dijon Vinaigrette, Parmigiano Reggiano $9


Beet Salad

Sierra Mist Braised Beets, Cranberry Gelée,

Prosciutto, Microgreens, Shaved Carrots, Toasted Pine Nuts $9



Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Texas Pete Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Sofrito Aioli, Slow-Cooked Collards, Swiss on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Shrimp & Grits

Fresh NC Shrimp, Apple Wood Bacon, Shrimp Velouté,

Parmesan Grit Cake, Pickled Jalapenos, Shallots, Tomatoes, Scallion $16 


NC Speckled Trout

Smoked Butternut Squash, Haricot Vert,

Okinawa Sweet Potatoes, Garlic-Caper Sauce, Charred Lemon $16