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.

3/21 Dinner




Pickled Shrimp Cocktail

Pickled White Shrimp, Salmon Roe,

Roasted Fennel, Spicy Cocktail Sauce $9




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onions,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Chorizo Salad

Spanish Chorizo, Sweet Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes,

Carrots, Shallots, Arugula, Chorizo Vinaigrette $12




House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



BBQ Brisket Tacos (3)

Pulled BBQ Braised Brisket, Arugula,

Roasted Red Peppers, Crispy Fried Shallots,

Horseradish Crema on Flour Tortillas $12



NC Vermillion Snapper

Pan Seared Vermillion Snapper, House Tabouleh,

Roasted Maitake, Pickled Red Onion, Lemon,

Sweet Red Wine Reduction $16