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.

5/27 Dinner

Summer Squash Salad

Roasted Squash & Zucchini, Apples, Toasted Almonds
Ellerbe Creek Arugula, Feta, Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette $10


Camembert en Croûte

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

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

Balsamic Syrup, Water Crackers $10


Italian Chicago Dog

Hot Italian Sausage, Coleslaw, House Sweet Garlic Pickles,

Chopped Red Onion, Tomato, Dijon on Neomonde Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Honey-Almond Chicken Breast

Roasted Chicken Breast w/ Crimini Mushrooms, Peppers & Carrots,

Parmesan Asparagus, Carolina Ruby Sweet Potatoes, Brandy-Mushroom Sauce $13


The Jabberjaw

Pan Seared NC Shark, Red Cabbage & Green Pepper Slaw,

Red Pepper Aioli, Fennel on a Baguette
Served with Fries or Salad $14


Crab & Squid Ink Ravioli

Sautéed Ellerbe Creek Micro Kale, Maitake Mushrooms,

Saffron-Parmesan Sauce, Shaved Black Truffle, Crab Rangoon $18