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.

4/8 Dinner



Spring Greens Salad

B & B Farms Mixed Greens, Micro Kale, Watercress,

Shaved Radish & Carrot, Goat Cheese, Ginger Dressing $9



Toasted Pita

Italian Gorgonzola, Asparagus, Arugula,

Toasted Almonds, Balsamic Syrup, Shaved Truffle $10



Brisket Panini

Charred Onion, Tomato, Swiss, Honey Mustard,

 Horseradish Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Corned Beef Sliders

House-cured Corned Beef, Pickles, Asiago,

Smoked Tomato Aioli on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Carne Asada Taco (3)

Serrano Chile & Apple Pico, Cilantro,

 Lime, Jalapeno Aioli on Corn Tortillas $10



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Sweet Red Cabbage Slaw, 

Spicy Garlic Aioli on Brioche

Served with fries or Salad $12