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.

12/3 Dinner

Buratta Salad

Mozzarella Buratta, Shaved Watermelon Radish,

Toasted Almonds, Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette,

Balsamic Reduction, Local Baby Mustard Greens $9



Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Roasted Turkey Sandwich

Pickled Banana Peppers, Red Onion, Swiss,

 Arugula, Cranberry Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Chicken Drumstick Soup

Bacon, Basmati Rice, Onions, Sweet Potatoes,

Eggplant Ratatouille, Goat Cheese, Biscuit Croutons $10


Chorizo Tacos

NC Chorizo, Apple-Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onions,

Horseradish Crème, Feta on Corn Tortillas $11


NC Bluefish

Pan Seared Bluefish, Shiitake Mushrooms, Shaved Broccoli,

 Butternut squash, Mashed Fingerling Potatoes,

Jalapeno-Red Pepper Relish, Sesame Soy Sauce $16