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.

2/4 Dinner

Braised Romaine Heart

Anchovies, Fried Capers, Shaved Carrots,

Bacon, Biscuit Croutons, Russian Dressing $9


Winter Squash

Roasted Zucchini, Yellow Squash & Tomatoes,

Goat Cheese, Tiny Farms Arugula, Toasted Almonds,

Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


Chicken Wings

Signature Bangarang Sauce, Carrots & Celery,

Gorgonzola Dipping Sauce $10


Pork Tenderloin Panini

Roasted Tomatoes, Pickled Onions,

Double Cream Brie, Dijon Mustard, Arugula on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


NC Sea Trout

Pan Seared Trout, Braised Beets, Hardboiled Egg,

Roasted Fingerlings, Micro Watercress $14


Duck Breast

Brussels Sprouts, Braised Cabbage & Grapes,

Butternut Squash Puree, Pan Sauce $16


Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Lobster Claw, Shallots, Swiss Chard,

Asiago Mornay, Shaved Black Midnight Truffles $22