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.

8/18 Dinner




Lamb Wontons (6)

Pickled Shallots, Scallions, Black Sesame Seeds, Mint Oil, Sweet Soy Chili Sauce $9




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Berry Salad

Raspberries, Blueberries, Granny Smith Apples, Roasted Almonds,

Smoked Lemon Feta, Mixed Greens, Citrus Basil Vinaigrette $10



Pickled Shrimp Salad

 Twice Pickled White Shrimp, Roasted Paprika Fingerlings, Red Onions & Peppers,

 Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Red Wine Vinegar & Olive Oil $12



Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

Sunnyside Duck Egg, Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes, Fairytale Eggplant,

Pickled Shallots, Smoked Gouda, Arugula, Jalapeno Aioli on Brioche

 Served with Fries or Salad $12



Mussels Frites

Steamed Mussels, Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic,

 Sherry, Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $14