The Federal

Celebrating 10 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.

11/17 Dinner




Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Asparagus Wrapped in Hickory Smoked Bacon,

Caramelized Red Onions, Balsamic Syrup $6



Dijon Herbed Potato Salad

Dill, Tarragon & Parsley Fingerlings,

 Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Parmesan, Shaved Carrots, Arugula $11




Hickory Smoked Bacon, Marinated Burch Farm Dino Kale,

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

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Buffalo Linguini

Buffalo & Chipotle Sausage, Burch Farms Dino Kale,

Butternut Squash Puree, Button Mushrooms,

Smoked Pecorino, Sofrito Sauce $14



Buttermilk Fried Chicken

King Trumpet Mushrooms, Roasted Fingerlings,

Red Cabbage Slaw, Ellerbe Creek Rainbow Chard, Squash,

Shaved Burgundy Truffles, Duck Gravy $15