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.

1/17 Dinner

Butternut Squash Salad

Hickory Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Sourdough Croutons,

 Mixed Greens, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $9


Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


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


Calamari Salad

Fried Calamari, Sautéed Spinach & Seaweed Salad, Shaved Radish,

Banana Pepper Relish, Sambal Vinaigrette, Bonito Flakes $12


NC Yellowfin Tuna

Rare Seared Yellowfin, Marinated Red Cabbage & Carrots,

Crispy Leeks, Toasted Almonds, White Bean-Chorizo Purée, Hollandaise $17