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.

6/28 Dinner

Blackberry Salad

Baby Spinach, Shaved Carrots, Pickled Shallots,

Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts, Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Bluebird Meadows Beets

Candy Stripped Chioggia & Red Ace Beets, Arugula,

Lime Basil, Pistachios, Guajillo Vinaigrette, Hawaiian Sea Salt $10


Steak Sandwich

Sliced NY Strip, Banana Peppers, Arugula,

Swiss, Horseradish Aioli on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Oxtail Croquette, Smoked Onion & Corn Hash,

 Brava Sauce, Sunny Side Duck Egg $15


Scallop Biscuits

Fried Scallops, House Made Biscuits,

Green Tomato Chutney, 6 Minute Egg, Adobo Aioli $15



Roasted Pork Loin stuffed with Oxtail, Peppers & Herbs

Creamed Collards, Baked Sweet Potato, Cognac & Orange Sauce $17