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.

12/13 Dinner

Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Roasted Tomatoes, Shaved Watermelon Radish,

Goat Cheese, Local Mustard Greens, Pickled Onion Vinaigrette $9



Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Ratatouille Pita

Winter Squash Ratatouille, Cucumbers, Feta,

Tiny Farms Arugula, Fennel Ash Crème on a Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Sliced NY Strip, Ashe County Hoop Cheese,

Pickled Red Onion & Banana Peppers, Mushrooms,

 Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $12


NC Speckled Trout

Spanish Salt Cod & Chick Pea Stew, Sherry-Garlic Fingerlings,

6 Minute Egg, Toasted Almonds, Charred Lemon $16


Duck Breast

Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Pomme & Artichoke Heart Purée,

Crispy Leeks, Sundried Tomato Hollandaise $18