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.

11/5 Dinner


Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Texas Pete Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Fried Chicken Tacos

House Slaw & BBQ Sauce, Pepper Jack Cheese

Black Sesame Seeds on Corn Tortillas $9


Toasted Almond Albondigas

Pork Meatballs, Sofrito, Smoked Pecorino on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss Cheese Crisps,

Dijon Vinaigrette, Rye Croutons $11


NC King Mackerel

Tomato Israeli Couscous, Yellow Squash & Zucchini,

Swiss Chard, Carmen Peppers, Saffron-Carrot Purée $15


Lamb Roulade

Lamb Mousse wrapped in Lamb Leg & Swiss Chard,

Fried Goat Cheese Polenta, Kalamata Olives,

Smoked Butternut Squash, Microgreens, Fennel-Mint Sauce $18