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.

3/10 Dinner

Apple Salad

Shaved Radish, Pickled Shallots,

6 Minute Egg, Mixed Greens, Feta,

Biscuit Croutons, Sumac Vinaigrette $10


Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9

Chicken Panini

Roasted Chicken Breast, Pickled Red Onion,

Spinach, Smoked Gouda, Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


BBQ Sandwich

Smoked Pork Leg, Red Cabbage Slaw,

House BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $9


NC Yellowfin Tuna Tacos (3)

Rare Seared Tuna, Charred Scallion,

Banana Pepper & Jalapeno Relish,

Pineapple Balsamic, Espelette on Corn Tortillas $14


Smoked Rabbit Ravioli

Fried Lollipop Kale, Black Lentils,

Artichoke Purée, Grated Asiago $16