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.

6/20 Dinner

Duck Confit Salad

Mixed Greens, Shaved Apples & Carrot, Pickled Red Onion,

Feta, Biscuit Croutons, Champagne-Dijon Vinaigrette $12


Misty Point Oysters (6)
Oysters in the Half Shell, Trout Roe, Horseradish,

Tabasco, Smoked Onion Relish $12

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimento Cheese, Pickled Red Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10 


Speck Panini

Smoked Italian Prosciutto, Shaved Strawberries,

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Red Onion on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Fried Chicken Tacos (3)

Battered Daylily Flowers, Smoked Corn,

Chorizo Dirty Rice, Honey Crème on Corn Tortillas $12


Bone-In Pork Chop

Sautéed Shallots & Spinach, Bacon Scallion & Grits Pâté, Chipotle Hot Sauce $16