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.

2/16 Dinner

Smoked Salmon Mousse

Delfino Anchovy Filets, Fried Cappers, Hot Chowchow,

Pickled Red Onion, Smoked Lobster Butter, Crostini $14


Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Cucumbers, Hardboiled Egg,

Micro Kale, Pistachios, Lavender Vinaigrette $9


Pulled Pork Sandwich

Smoked Pork Leg, House-BBQ Sauce,

Red Cabbage & Shallot Slaw on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Speck Panini

Smoked Prosciutto, Spaghetti Squash,

Mozzarella Burrata, Balsamic Reduction on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14



Butter Poached Monkfish, Squid Ink Risotto, Quartered Radish,

Sumac Marinated Brussels Sprouts, Carrot Broth $18