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.

11/8 Dinner

Rapini Panini

Bluebird Meadows Broccoli Rabe,

Roasted Red Peppers, Pickled Onions,

Pepper Jack Cheese, Texas Pete Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $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, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss Cheese Crisps,

Dijon Vinaigrette, Rye Croutons $11


Roast Beef

Horseradish Crème, Havarti, Pickled Banana Peppers,

Red Onion, Spinach on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Almond Albondigas

Pork Meatballs, Tomato Israeli Couscous,

Swiss Chard, Carmen Peppers, Maitake Mushrooms,

Olive Tapenade, Sherry-Roasted Garlic Sauce $14


Oatmeal Stout Stew

Lamb stewed in Yeti Oatmeal Stout, Cranberries

Smoked Butternut Squash, Butter Poached Fingerling Potatoes,

Goat Cheese, Microgreens, Orange Honey $17