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.

5/18 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


Pork Belly Sliders

Beet & Cilantro Purée, Rocket Greens on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or a Salad $9


Meatball Sub

Duck & Venison Meatballs, Sautéed Nettles,

Caramelized Onions, Garlic Roasted Mushrooms,

Red Dragon Cheddar (English Mustard & Ale) on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Toasted Almond Slaw, Smoked Gouda, Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Saffron Risotto

Heirloom Tomatoes, Shaved Black Truffle,

Charred Scallion, Carrot & Chablis Broth, Smoked Pecorino (Italy) $14