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.

1/7 Dinner




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Buffalo Gator Bites

Buttermilk Fried Alligator,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese $9



Honey Mustard Salad

Cucumbers, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes,

Feta, Toasted Almonds, Spinach,

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette $11



Sweet N’ Spicy Turkey Sandwich

Brown Sugar & Sriracha Rubbed Turkey Breast,

Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss,

Jalapeno Aioli, on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Duck Poutine

Duck Confit, Smoked Ricotta, Duck Poutine Gravy,

Served Over Fed Fries $14



BBQ Short Rib Tacos (3)

Slow Braised Short Rib, Arugula, Pickled Onion,

Short Rib Barbeque Sauce $15