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.



White Bean Pâté

Pickled Okra, Pickled Red Onion, Chow Chow,

Apple Butter, Black Berry Jam, Mustards, Crostini $9


Buratta Salad

Mozzarella Buratta, Shaved Watermelon Radish,

Toasted Almonds, Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette,

Balsamic Reduction, Local Baby Mustard Greens $9


Roasted Turkey Sandwich

Pickled Banana Peppers, Red Onion, Swiss,

Arugula, Cranberry Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Vegan Black Bean Pasta

Smoked Tomato & Sweet Potato “Alfredo”, Zucchini,

Yellow Squash, Shiitake Mushrooms, Spinach, Green Onion $14


Biscuit & Gravy

House-made Biscuit, Spanish Chorizo Gravy, Fried Chicken Breast,

Shiitake Mushrooms, Fried Lunchbox Peppers,

Sautéed Microgreens, Feta $15