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.

5/29 Dinner




Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Shaved Radish, Ellerbe Creek Arugula,

Feta, 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 Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Crab Casserole

Turnips, Ellerbe Creek Fresh Eggs, Orange Supremes,

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



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Saffron-Tomato Broth, Crostini $14



Sea Scallops

Seared Scallops, Pickled Daikon, Bluebird Meadows Squash & Cucumber Noodles,

Cold Soba Noodles, Mentsuyu Sauce, Cured Lemon, Cilantro Oil $17