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.

11/3 Dinner


Kale Salad

Marinated Bluebird Meadows Kale, Spanish Artichoke Hearts,

Candy Beets, Red Wine Vinaigrette,

Parmigiano Reggiano, Toasted Pine Nuts $9


Beet Sandwich

Roasted Beets & Red Peppers, Arugula,

Gorgonzola, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Rapini Tacos

Smoked Broccoli Rabe, Sweet Potatoes,

Toasted Almond Slaw, Avocado, Chipotle Salsa,

Scallion on Corn Tortillas $9


Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss Cheese Crisps,

Dijon Vinaigrette, Rye Croutons $11


NC King Mackerel

Brussels Sprouts, Carmen Peppers,

Kalamata Olives, Goat Cheese Polenta,

Chorizo-Sherry Sauce, Charred Lemon $17


Smoked Flounder Ravioli

Steamed Mussels, Roasted Tomato Broth,

Shallots, Bell Peppers, Carrot-Saffron Purée,

Smoked Pecorino, Nori Strips $19