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.

4/16 Dinner

Fried Burrata

Sofrito, Pickled Fiddlehead Ferns, Shaved Black Truffle $9


Italian Speck & Melon

Smoked Prosciutto, Honeydew, Cantaloupe,

Scallions, Toasted Almonds $9


Smoked Brisket Sandwich

Red Dragon Cheese (English Mustard & Beer),

Ellerbe Creek Farms Mustard Greens on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Veggie Tacos (3)

Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms, Yellow Squash,

Pickled Ramps, Sautéed Radish Greens, Shaved Radish,

Avocado Crèma, Cilantro on Corn Tortillas $11


Smoked Salmon Panini

Pickled Red Onion, Sliced Tomato, Baby Arugula,

Saffron Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Soft-shell Crab

Fried Peanut Crusted Soft-shell Crab,

Asparagus, Shallots, Hoecake, Old Bay Hollandaise $16