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.

5/17 Dinner

Beet Salad

Golden Beets, Strawberries, Year-Aged Manchego (Spain),

Walnuts, Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Fennel Fronds $9


Sweet Potato Reuben

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

 Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Wild Boar Croque Madame

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Swiss Cheese, Spinach,

Béchamel Sauce, Sunny Side Farm Fresh Egg on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Grits Bowl

Pork Belly Gravy, Tomatoes, Jalapenos,

Sunny Side Ellerbe Creek Duck Egg, Smoked Pecorino,

SC White Grits, Charred Scallion $11


Fried Chicken Biscuit

House-made Biscuit, Toasted Almond Slaw,

Smoked Gouda, Honey Mustard $14


NC Monkfish

Saffron Risotto, Heirloom Tomatoes, Stinging Nettles,

Shaved Black Truffle, Carrot & Chablis Purée $17