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.

9/30 Dinner





Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8



Duck Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Pepper Relish & Fig Preserves,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Garden Salad

Shaved Bluebird Meadows Radish, Roasted Red Pepper, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts, Arugula, Champagne Vinaigrette $12



Pastrami Melt

House Cured Pastrami, Red Onion,

Stone Bros Sweet Flame Pickles, Swiss, Dijon on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fried Burger Sliders

Deep Fried Burger Sliders, Romaine, Smoked Gouda,

Pickled Red Onion, Dijon Mustard on Hawaiian Rolls

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Beer Braised Short Rib

New Belgium Dragon’s Milk Chocolate Stout Braised Short Rib,

NC Sweet Corn & Molasses Succotash, Dragon’s Milk Bourbon BBQ Sauce $15