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.

1/10 Dinner

Roasted Chicken Sandwich

Sesame Roast Chicken, Julienned Carrots, Jalapenos,

Granny Smith Apples, Adobo Mascarpone on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Speck & Squash Panini

Smoked Prosciutto, Roasted Butternut Squash,

Mozzarella Burrata, Tiny Farms Arugula on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Eggplant Sandwich

Fried Eggplant, Apple-Brussels Sprout Slaw,

Banana Peppers, Goat Cheese, Texas Pete Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Smoked Black Bass Salad

Belgian Endives, Marinated Kale, Shaved Radish, Confit Lemon,

Toasted Almonds, Herb Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $13


NC Sea Trout

Butter Poached Leeks, Sundried Tomato Black Lentils,

Soft-Boiled Egg, Hollandaise, Carrot-Saffron Purée $16


Lobster Ravioli

Lobster & Marscapone Ravioli, Sweat Peas, Pickled Red Onions,

Sheep’s Milk Pecorino, Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce $18