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.

1/9 Dinner



Fried Artichoke

Buttermilk Fried Artichokes, Pickled Red Onion,

Garlic Parsley, Sweet Chipotle Remoulade $6




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,

Parmesan-Mint Vinaigrette $10



 Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Fish Head Stew

NC Snowy Grouper, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots,

Onions, Squash, Zucchini, Herb Roll

Over Forbidden Rice $13



NC Snowy Grouper

Pan Seared NC Snowy Grouper, Lemon Zest Roasted Fingerlings,

Asparagus, Carrot, Squash, Zucchini, Soy-Dijon Dressing $16