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.

1/2 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 Cherry Tomatoes,

Sweet Peppers, Arugula, Chipotle Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Italian Salami Salad

Felino Red Wine Salami, Tomato, Red Onion, Cucumber,

Roasted Almonds, Parmesan, Mixed Greens, Red Wine Vinaigrette $11



Trout Po’Boy

Buttermilk Fried NC Rainbow Trout, Brussels Sprout Slaw,

Pickled Red Onion, Sweet Pepper Tartar Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Paprika Garlic Roasted Fingerlings,

Shallots, Asparagus, Elderberry Sherry Reduction $16