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.

7/14 Dinner



Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomatoes & Cucumbers, Roasted Pecans,

Opal Basil, Lemon Smoked Feta, Arugula, Carrot Oil, Honey-Orange Vinaigrette $9




House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Russian Dressing, Swiss on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



NY Strip Sandwich

Pickled Red Onions & Carrots, Provolone,

Sautéed Shiitake & Sea Beans, Ellerbe Creek Opal Basil Pesto on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $14



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Saffron-Tomato Broth, Crostini $14



Shark ‘n’ Chips

Beer Battered Shark, Old Bay Fed Fries,

Red Cabbage “Slaw” Sauce, Tartare Sauce $15



Fried Chicken & Grits

Garlic-Parmesan SC White Grits, Smoked NC White Corn, Okra,

House Made Biscuits, Whiskey Cream Sauce, Opal Basil $16