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.

4/25 Dinner

Lyon Farms Asparagus

Poached to Order Asparagus,

6-Minute Ellerbe Creek Farm Duck Egg,

Italian Speck, Toasted Almonds, Hawaiian Sea Salt $10


Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

Flat River Nursery Green Tomatoes, Fried Bologna,

Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese, Pickled Red Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Crispy Pork Belly Sliders

Pickled Serrano Peppers, Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms,

Ramp & Corn Salsa on Tomato Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Turkey Club

House Roasted Turkey Breast, Hickory Bacon, Banana Peppers,

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

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Smoked Duck Empanada

Spicy Smoked Duck Sausage, Gouda Pimento Cheese,

Quail Egg, Carrot Purée, Pea Shoots $12


Lamb Panini

Tamarind Marinated Lamb, Baby Arugula, Pickled Green Garlic,

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