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.

1/6 Dinner

Endive Salad

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

Purple Watercress, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


Smoked Pork Loin

Ashe County Hoop Cheese, Slaw,

Arugula, Texas Pete Aioli on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $10



House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Caramelized Shallots,

Sundried Tomato Alfredo, Smoked Pecorino $14


Whole Black Bass

Fried NC Black Bass, Asparagus, Shaved Radish, Charred Lemon,

Red Potato Purée, Saffron Fumet Velouté, Microgreens $22