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.

5/6 Dinner



Strawberry “Short Cake” Salad

Strawberries, Cucumber, Shaved Carrot, Feta,

Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Biscuit Croutons $10



Sweet Potato Reuben

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Italian Salami Panini

Drunken Goat Cheese (Spain), Sautéed Ramp Leaves,

Fried Shallots, Herbed Dijon on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Spicy Pork Belly Tacos (3)

Green Tomato Chow-Chow, Creamy Slaw,

Stinging Nettle Salsa Verde on Corn Tortillas $12




Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Crostini $14



NC Red Drum

Sautéed Micro Kale, Shallots, Heeks Farm Carolina Ruby Sweet Potatoes,

Pickled Banana Peppers, Blackberry & Guajillo Pepper Sauce $16