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.

2/9 Dinner




Federal Salad

Roasted Peppers, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Pimentón Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $9



Smoked Ham Panini

Kale Slaw, Double Cream Brie, French Dijon on Sourdough

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 Pita

Smoked Eggplant, Roasted Red Peppers,

Olives, Feta, Tomato Aioli on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic,

Sherry, Roasted Tomato Broth, Pommes Frites $14



Duck Poutine

Sous Vide Duck Thighs, Duck Velouté, Shallots, Garlic,

Mozzarella Burrata, Shaved Black Midnight Truffle, Fed Fries $16