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.

8/11 Dinner



Cognac Figs

Prosciutto, Melon, Roasted Cashews, Fig Jam,

Peppermint, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $8



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Squash, Pickled Radish, Mozzarella Burrata,

Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Lemon Sherry Vinaigrette $10



Lamb Gyro

Marinated Ellerbe Creek Cucumbers & Tomatoes,

 Red Onion, Mint Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Brat Sandwich

Ellerbe Creek Sweet Peppers, German Sauerkraut, Swiss,

Romaine, Tomato, Herbed Dijon on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

House Bread n’ Butter Pickles, Honey Dijon Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



NC Yellow Fin Tuna Taco (3)

Pan Seared Ahi Tuna, Peppermint Slaw, Ellerbe Creek Sweet Peppers,

Avocado Aioli, Shaved Summer Truffle on Corn Tortillas $16