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.

9/7 Dinner




Chicken Wings (8)

Sesame Bourbon Glaze, Carrots & Celery,

Dijon Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce $9



Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ellerbe Creek & Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Red Onion,

Pickled Radish, Mixed Greens, Roasted Almonds, Champagne Grapefruit Vinaigrette $10




House Cherry Wood Smoked Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Provolone on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11




Fried Bratwurst, German Sauerkraut,

 Dijon Mustard, Guglhupf Bretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Shrimp & Pork Belly Taco (3)

Marinated NC Shrimp, Braised Pork Belly, Squash, Zucchini,

Farm Peppers, Button Mushrooms, Pickled Red Onion, Asian BBQ Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14