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.

11/6 Dinner

Kale Salad

Marinated Bluebird Meadows Kale, Spanish Artichoke Hearts,

Candy Beets, Red Wine Vinaigrette,

Parmigiano Reggiano, Toasted Pine Nuts $9


Spinach Salad

Dried Cranberries, Feta, Pickled Onion’s & Apples,

Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Toasted Pine Nuts, Nori Strips $9


Toasted Almond Albondigas

Pork Meatballs, Sofrito, Smoked Pecorino on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Year-Aged Manchego,

Tiny Farms Arugula, Strawberry Jam on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11


NC King Mackerel

Tomato Israeli Couscous, Yellow Squash & Zucchini,

Swiss Chard, Carmen Peppers, Saffron-Carrot Purée,

Radish & Carrot Frond Salad $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