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.

12/30 Dinner




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Garlic-Parsley,

Pickled Red Onions, Creole Remoulade $6




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Melon Salad

Honeydew Melon, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Radish,

 Red Bell Pepper, Roasted Almonds, Cucumber Honey Vinaigrette $10




House Cured Maple Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Pork Tacos (3)

Dr. Pepper Braised Pork Cheek, Woodfruit Maitake,

Squash, Zucchini,  Black Bean& Corn Salsa, Fried Shallots,

 Adobo Dr. Pepper Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13



Wild Boar Melt

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Irish Whiskey Cheddar, Shiitake,

Sweet Peppers, Brussels Sprouts Slaw, Irish Whiskey Jus on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $13