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.

6/21 Dinner

    Beet Salad

Roasted Bluebird Meadows Beets, Arugula Flowers, Parmesan,

Biscuit Croutons, Guajillo Pepper Vinaigrette, Hawaiian Sea Salt $9


Wild Boar Sausage

Roasted Bluebird Meadows Carrots,

Fried Purple Fingerling Potatoes, 6 Minute Egg,

Brava Sauce, Smoked Pecorino $10


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

Tabasco, Smoked Onion Relish $12


Fried Bologna Sandwich

Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimento Cheese,

Sunny Side Duck Egg, Pickled Red Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Speck Panini

Smoked Italian Prosciutto, Shaved Strawberries,

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Red Onion on Rustic White Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12


The Dirty Wife

Fried Chicken, Chorizo & Smoked Corn Dirty Rice,

Belgian Waffle, Honey-Paprika Crème, Scallion $15


Bone-In Pork Chop

Sautéed Beet Greens, Bacon Scallion & Grits Pâté, Chipotle Hot Sauce $16