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.

1/21 Dinner

Butternut Squash Salad

Hickory Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Sourdough Croutons,

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


Turkey Sandwich

Hickory Bacon, Spinach, Roasted Tomato,

Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Fried Eggplant Sandwich

Ashe County Hoop Pimento Cheese, Pickled Onions,

Mixed Greens, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Wild Boar Empanadas

Cranberry & Wild Boar Sausage,

Sautéed Spinach, Sofrito, Banana Pepper Relish

Served with Salad w/ Olives, Onions & Cucumbers $14


Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Asiago Mornay Sauce, Shallots, Red Peppers,

Garlic Roasted Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Scallions $16


NC Yellowfin Tuna

Rare Seared Tuna, Leek & Chickpea Stew, Spanish Chorizo,

Marinated Cabbage & Almonds, Cilantro, Carrot Oil $17