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.

11/14 Dinner


Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Asparagus Wrapped in Aged Italian Prosciutto

with Blue Cheese Crumbles $6


Balsamic Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower Florets, Caramelized Red Onions,

Red Pepper Flakes, Balsamic Syrup $6


Dijon Herbed Potato Salad

Dill, Tarragon & Parsley Fingerlings,

 Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Parmesan, Shaved Carrots, Arugula $11



Wild Boar Bacon, Marinated Burch Farm Dino Kale,

Red Onion, Tomato, Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Chorizo Tacos (3)

Local Mexican Chorizo, Roasted Red Peppers,

 Red Onion, Ellerbe Creek Rainbow Chard, Cilantro,

Chili-Lime Crema on Flour Tortillas $12


Sea Scallops

Fresh Pan Seared Scallops, Brussels Sprouts,

House Quinoa Tabouleh, Shallots, Mint Oil,

 Shaved Burgundy Truffle, Sweet Sesame Sauce $16