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.

11/18 Dinner




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Sautéed Shallots,

Red Pepper Flakes, Parsley, Remoulade Dipping Sauce $6



Roasted Sweet Potato & Bacon Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato, Hickory Smoked Bacon

 Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Parmesan, Shaved Carrots, Spinach,

Cranberry & Orange Vinaigrette $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



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini with Fed Frites $14



Buttermilk Fried Chicken

King Trumpet Mushrooms, Roasted Fingerlings,

Red Cabbage Slaw, Ellerbe Creek Rainbow Chard, Squash,

Shaved Burgundy Truffles, Duck Gravy $15