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.

11/28 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


Roasted Turkey Sandwich

Roasted Tomatos, Swiss, Cranberry Aioli,

Mixed Greens on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Roast Beef Sandwich

Horseradish Crème, Pickled Onions, Arugula,

White Cheddar on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter Crostini $14


NC Speckled Trout

Pumpkin Arancini, Brussels Sprouts,

Shiitake Mushrooms, Garlic-Butter Carrots,

Smoked Tomato Hollandaise, Charred Lemon $17