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.

2/5 Dinner

Braised Romaine Heart

Anchovies, Fried Capers, Shaved Carrots,

Bacon, Biscuit Croutons, Russian Dressing $9


Watercress Salad

Spanish Chorizo, Shredded Radish, Sunny Side Egg,

Saffron Arancini, Micro Watercress, Brown Butter $9


Winter Squash

Roasted Zucchini, Yellow Squash & Tomatoes,

Goat Cheese, Tiny Farms Arugula, Toasted Almonds,

Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


Smoked Ham Sandwich

Kale Slaw, Swiss, French Dijon on Pressed Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Chicken Wings

Signature Bangarang Sauce,

Carrots & Celery, Bleu Cheese Sauce $10


Duck Breast

Braised Cabbage & Grapes, B & B Farms Spinach,

Butternut Squash Purée, Gorgonzola Crème $16


Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Lobster Claw, Shallots, Swiss Chard,

Asiago Mornay, Shaved Black Midnight Truffles $22