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.

1/14 Dinner




Butternut Squash Salad

Hickory Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Biscuit Croutons,

 Mixed Greens, Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Endive Salad

Belgian Endives, Kalamata Olives, Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds,

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


Veggie Panini

Marinated Red Cabbage & Carrots, Avocado,

Granny Smith Apples, Provolone on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Fried Bologna Sandwich

Beef Bologna, Ashe County Hoop Pimento Cheese,

Sunny Side Egg, Pickled Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Shaved Broccoli, Sweet Peas, Shallots, Sundried Tomatoes,

Sheep’s Milk Pecorino, Carrot-Saffron Purée $13


Smoked Half Chicken

Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Butternut Squash,

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