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.

2/25 Dinner




Twice Baked Potato Skins

Twice Baked Potato, Cheddar,

Bacon, Scallions, Sour Cream $6



Duck Liver & Maitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeño Jam & Sweet Vidalia Relish,

 French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Hopslam Salad

 Shaved Radish, Carrots, Red Onion, Fried Chick Peas,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Bean Sprouts, Arugula,

Hopslam & Orange Zest Vinaigrette $11



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $14



Slow Braised Short Rib

Blackberry Barley Wine Braised Short Rib,

Sherry Braised Brussels Sprouts, Red Onion Jam,

 Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Au Gratin Potatoes $15