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.

10/16 Dinner




Fried Calamari

Spicy Pomodoro Sauce, Pickled Red Onions, Garlic Parsley $6



Chicken Liver & Mushroom Pate

Stone Brothers Green Pepper Jelly & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Ellerbe Creek Watermelon Salad

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & Watermelon, Shaved Radish,

Roasted Almonds, Mixed Greens, Sweet Paprika-Mint Vinaigrette $11




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Bison Sliders

Seasoned Bison, Tomatoes, Arugula Spread,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $13



NC Green Tail Shrimp

Marinated Fresh NC Shrimp, Red, Orange & Yellow Sweet Peppers,

 Shiitake, Carrot & Cucumber Noodles, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Peanut Ponzu Sauce $16