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.

Buratta Salad

Mozzarella Buratta, Shaved Watermelon Radish,

Toasted Almonds, Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette,

Balsamic Reduction, Local Baby Mustard Greens $9


Vegan Bahn Mi

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, White Bean Pâté,

Pickled Onions & Jalapenos, Avocado,

Cilantro, Shaved Carrots on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Chicken Drumstick Soup

Bacon, Basmati Rice, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms,

Eggplant Ratatouille, Goat Cheese, Biscuit Croutons $9


Smoked Turkey Club

Hickory Bacon, Pickled Banana Peppers, Lettuce, Red Onion,

Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Chorizo Panini

NC Chorizo, Sofrito, Cactus Salsa,

Local Arugula, Feta on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck Breast, White Wine-Shallot Fingerlings,

Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash,

Spanish Chorizo Velouté, Apple-Avocado Salsa $17