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.

1/16 Dinner



                                                                    Salami Plate

Nduja Salami, Toscana Salami, Speck Ham,

 Parmesan, Smoked Ricotta, Roasted Red Peppers,

Smoked Olive Oil $10



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



Fish And Chips

Beer Battered Cod, Garlic Old Bay Hand Cut French Fries,

Sweet Molasses Brussel Sprout Slaw, House Tartar Sauce $13  



Seared Strip Steak

Pan Seared Strip Steak, Asparagus, Trumpet Mushrooms,

Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Seared Goat Cheese $16