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.

7/15 Dinner

Padrón Peppers

Fried Padrón Peppers tossed in Red Sea Salt,

Brava Sauce, Red Cabbage “Slaw” Sauce $6


Okra & Corn Pudding

Hickory Bacon, Okra & NC Sweet Corn,

Parmesan, Brava Sauce, Crostini $8


Heirloom Tomatoes

Ellerbe Creek & Bluebird Meadows Tomatoes, Basil,

Black Pepper Goat Cheese, Opal Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $9



House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Russian Dressing, Swiss on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


The Jabber Jaw

NC Shark, Red Cabbage & Citrus Slaw,

Red Pepper Aioli, Fried Shallots on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Smoked Corn, Bell Peppers, Hand-made Linguini

Smoked Corn Sauce, Ellerbe Creek Basil Pesto,

Year-Aged Manchego, Shaved Summer Truffle $17