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.

2/8 Dinner

Federal Salad

Roasted Peppers, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Pimentón Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $9


Smoked Ham Sandwich

Kale Slaw, Swiss, French Dijon on Pressed Brioche

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


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic,

Sherry, Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Heavy Cream Butter, Powdered Sugar $14


Duck Couscous

Duck Thigh Sous Vide in Saffron Butter,

Brussels Sprouts, Red Peppers, Olives, Israeli Couscous,

Gorgonzola Hollandaise, Shaved Midnight Truffles $18