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.




Camembert en Croûte

Camembert in Puff Pastry with Blueberry Jam, Onion Jam, Capers,

French Mustards and Wafer Crackers $12



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Tomatoes & Cucumbers, Shaved Radish,

Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Balsamic Syrup, Raspberry Vinaigrette $10



Chicken Salad Sandwich

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Carrots, Celery, Red Onion,

Romaine, Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Black Bean Taco (3)

Roasted Sweet Potato, Onions, Yellow Bell Peppers,

Adobo Crema, Pico de Gallo on Flour Tortillas $10

Add Guacamole $1



Lamb Sliders

Romaine, Tomato, Feta, Black & Green Olive Tapenade,

House Bread ‘n Butter Pickles on Brioche Rolls

Served with Fries or Salad $12