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.

11/24 Dinner

Cucumber Salad

Mozzarella Buratta, Toasted Almonds,

Shaved Watermelon Radish, Lemon Balsamic Reduction,

Mixed Greens, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette $9


Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Granny Smith Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Eggplant Sandwich

Roasted Eggplant, Slaw, Feta,

Charred Scallion Salsa on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Fried Chicken Pita

Texas Pete Aioli, Jalapeno Red-Pepper Relish,

Romaine, Roasted Tomato, Cucumber on a Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Flat Iron Steak

Flat Iron Sous Vide to Medium Rare and Pan Seared,

Pumpkin Arancini, Broccoli Rabe, Shiitake Mushrooms, Garlic-Butter Carrots,

Smoked Tomato Sauce, Avocado-Horseradish Crème $21