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.

8/16 Dinner




Ellerbe Creek Farm Salad

 Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Cucumber & Roasted Zucchini, Pickled Radish,

Smoked Lemon Feta, Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Citrus Vinaigrette $10




House Cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Drunken Benedict

Poached Egg, Prosciutto, Lemon-Basil Hollandaise, Drunken Goat Cheese,

House Bacon Maple Jam, Scallions on a Toasted English Muffin $12



Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14




Spanish Chorizo, Mussels, Marinated Chicken,

White Shrimp, Tomatoes, Peas, Onion, Garlic Parsley, Saffron Risotto $16