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.

4/26 Dinner

Ellerbe Creeks Farms Kale Salad

Marinated Kale, Avocado, Shaved Carrot, Red Onion,

 Purple Cabbage, Cilantro, Red Pepper- Ginger Dressing $11



Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


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


Lamb Panini

Tamarind Marinated Lamb, Baby Arugula, Pickled Ramps,

Red Dragon Cheese (English Mustard & Ale) on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


NC Wahoo Tacos (3)

Fried Wahoo, Green Cabbage Slaw, Pickled Red Onions,

Smoked Tomato Aioli on Corn Tortillas $12