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.

3/6 Dinner

Deviled Eggs (4)

Candied Bacon, Pickled Red Onions, Shaved Carrots,

Saffron Aioli, Red Sea Salt, Espelette $11


Duck Pastrami

Shaved Radish, Pickled Shallots,

Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese, Arugula,

Champagne-Dijon Vinaigrette $12


Ham & Pineapple Sandwich

Smoked Ham, Brûléed Pineapple, White Cheddar,

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

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Banana Peppers, Onion,

Provolone, Beer Mustard on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Petite Strip

Seared Strip Steak, Celery, Shallot & Raisin Salad,

Lemon Vinaigrette, Roasted Fingerlings, Demi-Glace $12


Shad Stew

NC Shad, Potatoes, Roma Tomatoes,

Red Peppers, Buttermilk Cornbread,

Marinated Brussels Sprouts, 6 Minute Egg $13


Smoked Rabbit Ravioli

Butternut Squash Purée, Lollipop Kale,

Brown Butter, Year Aged Manchego, Fried Sage $18