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.

4/24 Dinner

Crab Rangoon

House-made Crab & Goat Cheese Rangoon,

Corn & Ramp Relish, Scallion $9



Lyon Farms Asparagus

Poached to Order Asparagus,

6-Minute Ellerbe Creek Farm Duck Egg,

Italian Speck, Toasted Almonds, Hawaiian Sea Salt $10



Turkey Club

House Roasted Turkey Breast, Hickory Bacon, Banana Peppers,

Romaine, Onion, Havarti, Smoked Tomato Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

Fried Bologna, Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese, Pickled Red Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Smoked Duck Empanada

Smoked Duck Sausage, Gouda Pimento Cheese,

Quail Egg, Carrot Purée, Pea Shoots $12



Lamb Panini

Tamarind Marinated Lamb, Sautéed Ramp Leaves,

Red Dragon Cheese (English Mustard & Ale) on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



NC Wahoo

Bell Pepper & Cabbage Slaw, Orange Supremes,

Fingerling Potatoes, Guajillo Pepper Sauce $17