The Federal

Celebrating 10 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.

12/6 Dinner

Salami Salad

Braised Beets, Shaved Watermelon Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Feta, Arugula, Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette $9



Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $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


Roast Beef Sandwich

Horseradish Crème, Pickled Onions,

Arugula, White Cheddar on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Crostini $14


Bacon Fat Duck Thigh

Duck Thigh Sous Vide in Benton’s Bacon Fat,

Whipped Fingerling Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts,

Brûléed Fennel, Sherry-Garlic Mushrooms,

Crispy Poached Egg, Hollandaise $19