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.

8/5 Dinner



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Tomatoes & Cucumbers, Shaved Radish, Smoked Lemon Feta,

Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Balsamic Syrup, Raspberry Vinaigrette $11




House Cured Hickory-Maple Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Duck Confit Taco (3)

Kimchi, Ellerbe Creek Okra Relish, Bluebird Meadows Fairytale Eggplant,

Fried Shallots, Asian BBQ Sauce on Corn Tortillas $12



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Dijon Honey Mustard,

Swiss, Romaine, Tomatoes on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Trout Amandine

Whole Trout w/ Artichoke Hearts, Green Olives, Prosciutto, Heirloom Carrots,

Fingerling Potato Puree, Lemon Basil Hollandaise, Toasted Almonds $17