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.

9/11 Dinner




Short Rib Eggroll (2)

Braised Short Rib, Ellerbe Creek Sweet Pepper Jam, Okra Relish,

Horseradish-Short Rib Jus Dipping Sauce $6



Chicken Liver & Cherry Smoked Bacon Pâté

Bacon, Tomato & Rosemary Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Pickled Red Onion,

Arugula, Roasted Walnuts, Feta, Citrus-Champagne Vinaigrette $11



Italian Salami Sandwich

Felino Red Wine Salami, Cherry Smoked Pecorino,

Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Herbed Dijon on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12




Beer Braised Bratwurst, German Sauerkraut,

 Dijon Mustard on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Brisket Taco (3)

Pomegranate-Red Wine Braised Brisket, Shaved Radish,

Summer Squash, Zucchini, Brisket Jus, Pineapple-Mint Salsa on Flour Tortillas $13