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.

7/9 Dinner

Padrón Peppers

Fried Padrón Peppers tossed in Red Sea Salt, Brava Sauce, Smoked Onion Relish $6


Bluebird Meadows Beets

Roasted Beets, Crispy Spanish Chorizo, Hardboiled Egg,

Mixed Greens, Pistachios, Pimentón Vinaigrette $9


Baby Heirloom Tomatoes

Bluebird Meadows Tomatoes, Mozzarella Burrata, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Mint, Lemon Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10


Roast Beef Sandwich

Garlic Roasted NY Strip, Green Tomato Chutney,

Arugula, Havarti, Horseradish Sauce on Sourdough

Served Fries or Salad $12


Alligator Meatballs

Hand-made Linguine, Shiitake Mushrooms, Bok Choy,

Lemon Basil Tomato Sauce, Year-Aged Manchego (Spain) $17


Sweet Tea Half Chicken

Sautéed NC White Corn & Okra, Shiitake Mushrooms,

Broiled Purple Fingerlings, Sherry-Cream Sauce $17