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.

1/1 Dinner




Shrimp Cocktail

Marinated Shrimp, Lemon, Parsley,

Sweet Chili Cocktail Sauce $8




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Brussels Sprouts Salad

Chopped Brussels Sprouts, Shaved Radish, Heirloom Tomatoes,

Sweet Peppers, Arugula, Chipotle Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Italian Salami

Felino Salami with Red Wine, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

 Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Hoppin’ John

Black Eyed Peas, Slow Cooked Bacon Collards,

 Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Green Peppers,

Onions, Sweet Corn, Jasmine Rice $13



Rainbow Trout

Pan Seared Rainbow Trout, Asparagus, Shiitake,

Au Gratin Fingerlings with Honey Bee Gouda,

 Winter Truffle Hollandaise $16