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.

5/28 Dinner

Crab Rangoon (4)

Hand Made Rangoon, Marinated Swiss Chard,

Pickled Daikon, Stone Brothers Chow-Chow, Nori $8


Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Shaved Apples, Ellerbe Creek Arugula,

Bleu Cheese, Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, Biscuits Croutons $9


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


Chicken Roulade “Cubano”

Chicken Breast Stuffed w/ Mushrooms, Peppers & Carrots,

Black Forest Ham, House Pickles, Swiss, Dijon Aioli on Pressed Torta Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Fried Chicken

Sautéed Spinach & Heirloom Tomatoes,

Red Dragon Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Sauce $13


Crab Casserole

Turnips, Ellerbe Creek Fresh Eggs, Orange Supremes,

Shaved Summer Truffle, Microgreens, Year-Aged Manchego (Spain) $13


The Jabberjaw

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

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