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.

4/1 Dinner



Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Garlic, Parsley

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Sauce $8




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Hot Sopressata Salad

Hot Sopressata, Cherry Tomatoes, Cajun Purple Potatoes,

Shaved Carrot, Mixed Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette $12



 Italian Speck Sandwich

Italian Speck Prosciutto, Red Wine Pecorino,

Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Italian Dressing

On Sourdough $13


Glazed Short Rib

Triple Glazed Short Rib, Arborio Rice,

Broccoli Florets, Red Onion, Basil, Garlic $14



Saffron Cauliflower with Sundried Tomatoes

Roasted Saffron Cauliflower, Sundried Tomatoes, Maitake, Shallots,

Golden Raisins, Curry Seitan, Purple Potatoes, Spiced Fried Chick Peas, Beet Jus

Over Butternut Squash Bisque $14