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.

5/25 Dinner




Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Shaved Carrot & Radish, Year-Aged Manchego (Spain),

Ellerbe Creek Mixed Greens, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Fennel Fronds $10



Camembert en Croûte

Camembert (France) & House-made Blueberry Jam in Puff Pastry,

French Dijon, Sweet Garlic Pickles, Stone Brothers Huckleberry Jelly,

Balsamic Syrup, Wellington Water Crackers $11




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9



The Jabberjaw

Pan Seared NC Shark, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Red Pepper Aioli, Fennel on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $14



Soft Shell Crab Po’Boy

Red Cabbage Slaw with Green Peppers,

 Creole Remoulade, House Pickles on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $16