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.

6/14 Dinner

Roasted Carrots

Roasted Bluebird Meadows Carrots, Carrot Hummus,

Goat Cheese Mousse, Carrot Frond Pesto $9


Beets & Burrata

Bluebird Meadows Beets, Mozzarella Burrata,

Sea Beans, Sherry Vinaigrette, Lime Basil, Espelette $10


Scrooge McDuck

Roasted Duck Breast, Swiss Cheese,

Mornay Sauce, Sunny Side Duck Egg on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Alligator Po’ Boy

Fried Alligator Tail, Red Cabbage Slaw, Red Pepper Cocktail Sauce on French Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12


North Carolina Shark

Orange & Ellerbe Creek Arugula Salad, Smoked Onion Relish,

 Leek Jasmine Rice, Lobster Butter, Fried Daylily Flowers $15


Fried Chicken & Grits

Wild Ramps, Spinach, Arugula Flowers,

White Cheddar Grits, Smoked Tomato Gravy $16