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.

4/7 Dinner



Chilled Asparagus

Shaved Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Orange Hollandaise, Balsamic Syrup $9



Micro Kale Salad

B & B Farms Mixed Greens, Shaved Radish,

Carrot, Watercress, Goat Cheese, Tahini Dressing $9



Brisket Panini

Charred Onion, Tomato, Swiss, Honey Mustard,

 Horseradish Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Bread & Butter Pickle Slaw, Jalapeno,  

Garlic Sriracha Aioli on Brioche

Served with fries or Salad $12



Red Snapper

Cucumber & Tomato Relish, Lemon Zest,

Cajun Spiced Crème, Micro Kale $14



Wild Boar

Boar and Cranberry Sausage, Braised Red Cabbage,

Turnip Puree, Crispy Shiitake, Pickled Yellow Squash $14