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.

4/1 Dinner

Chilled Asparagus

Shaved Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Orange Hollandaise, Balsamic Syrup $9


Pork Belly

B & B Farms Spinach, Granny Smith Apple, Brandy Onion Jam,

Feta, Smoked Tomato Aioli, Biscuit Croutons $12


The Scarlet Pumpernickel

Roasted Duck Breast, Apples, Pickled Jalapenos,

Onions, Blackberry Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Hot Italian Sausage

Fiddlehead Ferns, Oyster Mushrooms,

Fried Shallots, Cauliflower Purée, Microgreens $11


M. Bison Sliders

House Pickles, Pickled Red Onion,

Arugula, Swiss, Red Pepper Aioli on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Fried Chicken

Smoked Gouda Grits, Red Cabbage Slaw, Honey Mustard $14