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.

11/7 Dinner

Kale Salad

Marinated Bluebird Meadows Kale, Spanish Artichoke Hearts,

Roasted Beets, Red Wine Vinaigrette,

Parmigiano Reggiano, Toasted Pine Nuts $9



Drunken Yeti Sliders

Spicy Chicken Tinga, Yeti Oak Imperial Stout BBQ Sauce,

Feta, Brussels Sprout & Carrot Slaw on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, Pickled Apples & Onions,

Tiny Farms Arugula, Whole Grain Dijon on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Roast Beef

Horseradish Crème, Havarti, Pickled Banana Peppers,

Red Onion, Spinach on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Steamed Mussels

Shallots, Garlic, Sherry, Spanish Chorizo,

 Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Oatmeal Stout Stew

Lamb stewed in Yeti Oatmeal Stout, Cranberries

Smoked Butternut Squash, Butter Poached Fingerling Potatoes,

Goat Cheese, Microgreens, Orange Honey $17