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.

1/9 Dinner

Endive Salad

Kalamata Olives, Mozzarella Burrata,

Belgian Endives, Arugula, Toasted Almonds,

Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10



Hickory Bacon, Romaine Lettuce, Apples, Red Onion,

White Cheddar, Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Eggplant Sandwich

Fried Eggplant, Apple-Brussels Sprout Slaw,

Banana Peppers, Goat Cheese, BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10


House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Pickled Onions,

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo, Smoked Pecorino $13


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry, Pimentón Broth, Crostini $14