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.

1/11 Dinner




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9


Parmesan-Mint Salad

Granny Smith Apples, Shaved Radish, Red Onion,

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Parmesan-Mint Vinaigrette $10



 Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Chicken Liver Po’Boy

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Livers, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, Sweet Chipotle Remoulade on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Fresh Grouper Bouillabaisse

NC Snowy Grouper, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots,

Onions, Squash, Zucchini, Herb Roll $10



Bison Tacos (3)

Mole Bison Short Rib, Pickled Red Onion,

Brussels Sprout & Carrot Slaw,

Chipotle Dr. Pepper Jus $12