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.

1/15 Dinner

Butternut Squash Salad

Hickory Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Biscuit Croutons,

 Mixed Greens, Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Endive Salad

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

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


Smoked Chicken Sandwich

Smoked Chicken Salad w/ Scallions, Celery, Sundried Tomato & Bacon,

Romaine Lettuce, Red Onion on Sourdough

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


Duck Breast Tacos (3)

Roasted Duck Breast, Sundried Tomato & Banana Pepper Relish,

Cactus Salsa, Caramelized Leeks, Scallion $12


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14