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.

10/11 Dinner





Spicy Salmon Fritters (6)

Fresh NC Salmon, Saffron tartar Sauce, pickled Shallots $11



Green Tomato Salad

Green Tomatoes, Pickled Cucumbers,

Spinach, Roasted Walnuts, Feta, Orange Vinaigrette $11



Ellerbe Creek Watermelon Salad

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & Watermelon, Shaved Radish,

Roasted Almonds, Arugula, Orange-Honey Vinaigrette $11



Pan Seared Short Rib

Slow Roasted and Pan Seared Short Rib Twice Baked Potatoes with Parmesan cheese,

Ellerbe Creek mustard greens, Red pepper Bordelaise sauce $14



Deep Fried Red Fish

 Maitake Mushrooms, Ellerbe Creek Baby Bok Choy, Carmen Peppers,

 Steamed Rice, Beurre Rouge$15