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.

11/2 Dinner



Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Sautéed Shallots,

Red Pepper Flakes, Parsley, Remoulade Dipping Sauce $6



Pickled Shrimp (6)

Twice-Pickled Shrimp, Honey Bee Gouda (Holland),

Roasted Red Pepper, Arugula, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $8



Apple & Cantaloupe Salad

Granny Smith Apple, Cantaloupe, Heirloom Cherry Tomato,

Roasted Almonds, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $10



Italian Prosciutto Panini

400 Day Aged Italian Prosciutto, Tomato, Red Onion,

Basil, Manchego, Italian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Pickled Onion & Red Cabbage Slaw, Provolone,

Bacon & Chive Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



NC Sea Trout & Shrimp Stir Fry

Pan Seared Trout & Shrimp, Brussels Sprouts, Carrot, Maitake,

Roasted Red Pepper, Mizuna, Pork Fried Rice, Sweet Chili Sauce $16