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.


Baked Feta

Baked Greek Feta, Pickled Red Onions,

Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Balsamic Syrup on Crostini $6



Bacon Wrapped Artichoke

Hickory Smoked Bacon Wrapped Artichoke Hearts,

Pickled Pearl Onions, Crispy Fried Shallots, Sweet Chile Sauce $7



Pasta Salad

Northern Beans, Black Beans, Celery, Carrot,

Red Onion, Arugula, Parsley, Creamy Honey Vinaigrette $10



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sugar Bacon, French Brie, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Shrimp N’ Scallop Taco (3)

Grey Dove Oyster Mushrooms, Zucchini & Squash,

Pickled Red Onion, Arugula , Jalapeno Aioli,  Tomato-Garlic Marinade  $13



Roast Lamb

Slow Braised Lamb Leg,

Slow Cooked Bacon Collards, Black Trumpet Mushroom,

 Jasmine Rice, Lamb Au Jus $16