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.

1/23 Dinner

Butternut Squash Salad

Hickory Bacon, Aged Gorgonzola, Biscuit Croutons,

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


Collard Green Hoecake

Slow-cooked Collards, Braised Pork Shoulder,

Cornmeal Hoecake, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Speck Panini

Smoked Prosciutto, Kalamata Olive Tapenade,

Mozzarella Burrata, Spinach on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Eggplant Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Fried Eggplant, Asiago Mac ‘n’ Cheese,

Pickled Onions & Cucumbers, Arugula, Sofrito Coulis $12


Wild Boar Tacos (3)

Cranberry & Boar Sausage, Pineapple-Nori Salsa,

Sambal Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese, Scallion on Corn Tortillas $12


NC Yellowfin Tuna

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

Marinated Cabbage & Almonds, Micro Watercress, Carrot Oil $17