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.


Wally Gator

Buttermilk Fried Alligator, Chorizo Remoulade

Stone Brothers Pickled Asparagus,  $9



Ellerbe Creek Farm Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomato, Sage Goat Cheese Mascarpone  

Balsamic Reduction, Crispy Bluebird Meadow Sage,

Stone Brothers Chow Chow $8


Mango Salad

Mango, Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Shaved Carrots, Mixed Bell Peppers, Feta, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Champagne Vinaigrette $11



Roast Turkey Sandwich

Buffalo Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

Romaine, Tomato, Provolone, Caramelized Onion Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fried Chicken Tacos (3)

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Chipotle BBQ Sauce on Flour Tortillas $12



Wild Boar Linguini

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Asparagus, NC Sweet Corn,

Funny Girl Farms Squash, Zucchini, Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes & Sweet Peppers,

Parmesan, House Linguini, Brava Sauce $15