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.

1/20 Dinner





Butternut Squash Salad

Hickory Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Sourdough Croutons,

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


Turkey Sandwich

Swiss, Spinach, Tomato,

Hickory Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Bison Sliders

Pickled Cucumbers & Onions, Arugula,

Goat Cheese, Adobo-Lime Aioli on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Fried Chicken

House-made Biscuit, Slow-Cooked Collard Greens,

Butternut Squash, Tomato Gravy $14


Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Lobster Claw, Asiago Mornay, Shallots, Red Peppers,

Garlic Roasted Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Scallions $17