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.

7/12 Dinner

Watermelon Salad

Sorbet Swirl Watermelon, Cucumber, Roasted Pecans,

Mint, Lemon Smoked Feta, Arugula, Honey-Orange Vinaigrette $9



House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Russian Dressing, Swiss on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Saffron-Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Shark ‘n’ Chips

Beer Battered Shark, Fed Fries,

Red Cabbage “Slaw” Sauce, Tartare Sauce $15


Alligator Meatballs

Hand-made Linguine, Sautéed Okra & Shallots, Goat Cheese,

Creole Tomato Sauce, Shaved Summer Truffle $17