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.

3/5 Dinner

Duck Pastrami

Shaved Radish, Pickled Shallots,

Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese, Arugula,

Champagne-Dijon Vinaigrette $12


Eggplant Sandwich

Red Cabbage Slaw, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Ham & Pineapple Panini

Smoked Ham, Brûléed Pineapple, White Cheddar,

Red Onion, Adobo Honey, B & B Greens on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


M. Bison Sliders

House Pickles, Pickled Red Onion,

Swiss, Red Pepper Aioli on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Gnocchi Florentine

House-made Gnocchi, Sundried Tomato Pesto,

Shallots, Wilted Spinach, 6 Minute Egg, Asiago $15


Smoked Rabbit Ravioli

Butternut Squash Purée, Lollipop Kale,

Brown Butter, Year Aged Manchego, Fried Sage $18