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.

1/13 Dinner




Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Butternut Squash Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Tomatoes, Goat Cheese,

Biscuit Croutons, Mixed Greens, Rosemary-Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Endive Salad

Kalamata Olives, Mozzarella Burrata, Toasted Almonds, Belgian Endives,

Mixed Greens, Citrus-Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


NC Trout Po’Boy

Sautéed Sea Trout, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Arugula, Sambal Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13


Smoked Half Chicken

Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Butternut Squash,

Leeks, Fingerling Potato Purée, Sherry-Garlic Sauce $16


Lobster Ravioli

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

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