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.

3/26 Dinner

Smoked Rainbow Trout

Fingerling Potato Salad, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Lemon Supremes, Fennel Fronds $9


Asparagus Salad

Smoked Olive Oil Roasted Asparagus,

Shaved Carrot & Radish, Pickled Shallots,

Mozzarella Burrata, Champagne-Balsamic Vinaigrette $10



Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Granny Smith Apples, Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Italian Sausage

Red Peppers, Sautéed Mustard Greens, Provolone,

Banana & Jalapeno Pepper Relish on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Fried Oysters

Leeks, Shaved Apples, Banana Peppers,

Black Lentils, Romesco Sauce $13


Pan Fried Black Bass

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Tomato “Water”,

Soft Boiled Egg, Watercress, Nettle Sauce $14