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.

11/10 Dinner


Buffalo Fried Mushrooms

Buttermilk Battered Crimini, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Dressing $8



Sweet Fall Salad

Funny Girl Farm Watermelon Radish, Shallots,

Golden Raisins, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Arugula,

Sweet Wine Vinaigrette $11



Smokey BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Smoked Gouda, Jalapeno Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fried Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Pickled Red Onion,

Arugula, Tomato, Pickled Cashew Remoulade on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Strip Steak Duxelle

11oz Strip Steak, Mushroom Duxelle,

Sautéed Carrots, Fingerling Potato,

Brussel Sprouts $22