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.

5/4 Dinner

Fruit Plate

Strawberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Apples,

Almonds, Orange Juice Noodles, Balsamic Syrup $9


Pork Belly Flatbread

Spicy Pork Belly, Gorgonzola Spread, Shaved Apple,

Arugula, Toasted Almonds on a Toasted Pita $9


Fried Bologna Sandwich

Sunny Side Ellerbe Creek Duck Egg, Red Dragon Mornay,

Heeks Farms Peashoots on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Italian Speck Panini

Smoked Prosciutto, Mozzarella Burrata,

House-made Strawberry Jam,

Red Onion, Arugula on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Fried Chicken Biscuit

House-made Biscuit, Bacon Sautéed Spinach, Smoked Gouda, Honey Mustard $14


NC Red Drum

Sautéed Micro Kale, Shallots, Carolina Ruby Sweet Potatoes,

Pickled Banana Peppers, Blackberry & Guajillo Pepper Sauce $16