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.

6/24 Dinner


Raspberry Salad

Baby Spinach, Shaved Carrots, Pickled Shallots,

Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts, Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Bacon Grits Pâté

Fried Padrón Peppers, Smoked Onion Relish, Kalamata Olive Tapenade $9


Bluebird Meadows Tomatoes

Brandywine Tomatoes, Mozzarella Burrata, Opal Basil,

Italian Olive Oil, Scallion, Hawaiian Sea Salt $10


Chicken Salad Sandwich

Red, Yellow and Green Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

House Pickles, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Mahón Cheese (Spain),

Romaine, Tomato, Chipotle Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Fried Bologna Sandwich

Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimento Cheese,

Sunny Side Egg, Pickled Red Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Oxtail Stuffed Pepper

Braised Oxtail, Tomatoes, Leeks, Feta, Jasmine Rice in a Bell Pepper, Raspberry- Pimentón Coulis

Served with a Side Salad $12


Veggie Taco (3)

Carrots, Corn, Bluebird Meadows Squash, Red Bell Peppers,

Blackberry Salsa, Cilantro, Honey Crème on Flour Tortillas $12