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.

2/10 Dinner

Eggplant Salad

Roasted Eggplant, Cucumber, Pickled Onion,

Goat Cheese, Tiny Farms Arugula, Biscuit Croutons,

Pimentón Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Red Peppers, Spinach,

 Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Fried Chicken

Spanish Chorizo, Kalamata Olives, Peppers,

Israeli Couscous, Gorgonzola Crème $14


Pork Porterhouse

Porterhouse Crusted in Cinnamon Crunch,
Bacon & Brussels Sprouts, Fingerling Purée,

 Shaved Black Midnight Truffles, Sherry Garlic Sauce $17


NC Yellowfin Tuna

Rare Seared Yellowfin, Spaghetti Squash Croquette,

Creamed Nori & B & B Farms Spinach,

Sweet Potato Crisps, Smoked Lobster Butter $18