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.


Fried Artichokes

Buttermilk Fried Artichokes, Garlic Parsley,

Pickled Red Onion, Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette $8




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Pork Belly Salad

BBQ Fried Pork Belly, Roasted Red Pepper, Shaved Carrot,

Bluebird Meadows Shaved Radish, Goat Cheese,

Arugula, Sweet Honey Chorizo Vinaigrette $12



Roast Turkey Sandwich

Sweet Chili- Garlic Turkey Breast, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Sweet Chili Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Pork Belly Stir Fry

Pear & Apple Braised Pork Belly, Red Onion, Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Sweet Peppers & Shiitake,

Sweet Pineapple Hoisin Sauce $14



Fresh NC Red Snapper

Pan Seared Snapper,

 Bluebird Meadows Kale, Radish & Fairytale Eggplant $15