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.

11/29 Dinner




Kale Salad

Marinated Bluebird Meadows Kale

Kalamata Olives, Roasted Tomato, Parmesan,

Watermelon Radish, Lemon Balsamic Reduction $9


Sweet Potato Taco

Squash, Zucchini, Red Pepper,

Jalapeno-Pimento Relish, Feta,

Micro Greens on Corn Tortillas $9


Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Feta, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Lettuce, Tomato, Onion,

Swiss, Texas Pete Aioli on Brioche $12


NC Speckled Trout

Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Tomatoes,

Shiitake Mushrooms, Charred Lemon, Scallion Sauce $16