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.

1/13 Dinner






Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Fried Artichokes

Buttermilk Fried Artichokes, Fried Tuscan Salami,

Roasted Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Italian Dressing $9



Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Crispy Fried Potatoes & Shallots,

Bacon, Cheddar, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Cilantro-Sour Cream Vinaigrette $12




Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Hard Boiled Egg,

Avocado, Red Onion, Blue Cheese-Cilantro Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Duck Ravioli

House Duck & Smoked Ricotta Ravioli, Cherry Tomatoes,

Squash, Spinach, Maitake Cream Sauce,

Shaved Perigold Truffle $15



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spicy Andouille Spread, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Duck Broth, Fed Frites $16