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.

4/9 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


Carne Asada Tostadas (2)

Guacamole, Serrano Chile & Apple Pico, Sour Cream, Shaved Radish $10


Duck Breast

Sautéed Heirloom Spinach, Roasted Black Lentils, Strawberry Purée,

Asparagus & Goat Cheese Mousse, Pinenut Butter $17


Smoked Rabbit Ravioli

Maitake Mushrooms, Fried Lollipop Kale,

Leek & Carrot Alfredo, Year-Aged Manchego $17