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.

10/28 Dinner



Fried Calamari

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




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Melon Salad

Cantaloupe, Shaved Radish, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Granny Smith Apple Vinaigrette $10



Italian Prosciutto Panini

400 Day Aged Italian Prosciutto, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Smoked Pecorino, Italian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Smoked Coffee Brisket

Slow Cooked Coffee Rubbed Brisket, Squash, Zucchini,

 Roasted Fingerlings, Red Eye Gravy $15



Spanish Meatball Linguini

House Linguini, Spanish Style Beef Meatballs,

Ellerbe Creek Mustard Greens, Mushrooms, Italian Smoked Ricotta,

Shaved Burgundy Truffles, Tomato Brodo Sauce $15