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.

8/6 Dinner



Padron Peppers

Fried Bluebird Meadows Padron Peppers Tossed in Himalayan Pink Salt,

Smoked Red Onion Relish, Brava Sauce $8



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


Ellerbe Creek Okra Linguini

Curry Stuffed Okra, Bluebird Meadows Fairytale Eggplant, Red Onion,

Stewed Tomatoes, Fried Okra, Opal Basil $12

Oyster Po’Boy

Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, House Bread ‘n Butter Pickles,

Creole Tartare Sauce on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14