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.

4/4 Dinner




Chilled Asparagus

Shaved Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Orange Hollandaise, Balsamic Syrup $9


Pork Belly

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

Feta, Smoked Tomato Aioli, Croutons $12



House-made Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Wild Boar Tacos (3)

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Shallots, Bell Pepper,

Chiffonade Micro Kale, Goat Cheese, Adobo Honey on Corn Tortillas $12


Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Old Bay Shredded Crab, Shiitake Mushrooms, Leeks,

Asparagus, Asiago Mornay, Shaved Truffle $17


Lamb Tagine

Slow-cooked Lamb Shank, Chorizo, Tomatoes,

Golden Raisins, Israeli Couscous, Harissa $17