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.

6/28 Dinner




Fried Saffron and Goat Cheese Rice, Brava Sauce $8




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Spinach and Carrot Salad

Baby Spinach, Shaved Carrot,

Toasted Almonds, Red Onion,

 Manchego, Mango Vinaigrette $11




Prosciutto, Arugula, Roasted Turkey,

 Red Onion, Whole Grain Mustard,

 Provolone on Sour Dough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Summer Lentils

Black Belluga Lentils,

 Roasted Bluebird Meadows Chioggia Beets,

Summer Squash, Oyster Mushrooms $14



Pork Ribeye

Bone-in Pork Ribeye, Bluebird Meadows Red Cabbage,

 Sweet Potato and Pardon Pepper Hash $15