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.

4/3 Dinner

Spring Salad

Spring Mix Greens, Shaved Radish, Cucumber, Roasted Tomato,

Goat Cheese, Balsamic Syrup, Ginger Vinaigrette $10


Pork Belly

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

Feta, Smoked Tomato Aioli, Biscuit Croutons $12



House-made Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Italian Sausage Sub

Red & Green Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Provolone, Herb Aioli on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Duck Confit Tacos (3)

Shitake Mushroom, Pickled Yellow Squash,

Arugula, Jalapeno Aioli on Corn Tortillas $12


Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Old Bay Shredded Crab, Oyster Mushrooms, Leeks,

Red Cabbage Slaw, Asiago Mornay, Shaved Truffle $17