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.

3/7 Dinner

Beet Salad

Shaved Radish, Cucumber, Feta, Mixed Greens,

Toasted Almonds, Sumac Vinaigrette, Pineapple Balsamic Syrup $9


Duck Pastrami

Granny Smith Apples, Pickled Shallots,

Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese, Arugula,

Champagne-Dijon Vinaigrette $12


Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Banana Peppers, Onion,

Provolone, Beer Mustard on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Shad Stew

NC Shad, Potatoes, Roma Tomatoes,

Red Peppers, Buttermilk Cornbread,

Marinated Brussels Sprouts, 6 Minute Egg $13


NC Yellowfin Tuna

Rare Seared Tuna, Eggplant, Red & Banana Peppers,

 Arugula, Citrus-Spaghetti Squash Slaw $16


Smoked Rabbit Ravioli

Butternut Squash Purée, Lollipop Kale,

Brown Butter, Year Aged Manchego, Fried Sage $18