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.

3/9 Dinner

Beet Salad

Shaved Radish, Cucumber, Feta, Mixed Greens,

Toasted Almonds, Sumac Vinaigrette, Pineapple Balsamic Syrup $9


Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Banana Pepper Relish, Smoked Gouda Mornay,

Arugula, Dijon Horseradish on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Meatballs & Gnocchi

Beef Meatballs, Ricotta Gnocchi, Charred Scallion,

Sundried Tomato Pesto, 6 Minute Egg, Grated Asiago $14


NC Yellowfin Tuna

Rare Seared Tuna, Fried Lollipop Kale, Fingerling Potatoes,

Citrus-Spaghetti Squash Slaw, Pickled Shallots, Avocado Purée $17