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.

1/7 Dinner

Endive Salad

Kalamata Olives, Mozzarella Buratta,

Belgian Endives, Purple Watercress, Toasted Almonds,

Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10

Butternut Squash Panini

Apples, Shaved Onions, Field Greens, Mascarpone on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Mussels & Frites

Hickory Bacon, Shallots, Garlic, White Wine,

Spicy Pepper Broth, Bonito Flakes, Fed Fries $14


Duck Breast

Brussels Sprouts, Pickled Banana Peppers, Apples,

Whipped Red Potatoes, Carrot-Saffron Purée, Goat Cheese Mousse $16


Whole Black Bass

Fried NC Black Bass, Mustard Greens,

Roasted Red Peppers, Kalamata Olives, Shaved Radish,

 Basmati Rice, Hollandaise, Charred Lemon $22