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.

11/26 Dinner


Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes,

Fed Sauce $7



 Hummus Pita Bake

Hummus, Goat Cheese, Roasted Red Peppers,

Almonds, Arugula, Balsamic Syrup Drizzle $8



Sweet Mint Salad

Funny Girl Farm Watermelon Radish, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Fresh Mint, Arugula,

Sweet Mint Vinaigrette $11



Vegan Blueberry BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Pickled Red Onion,

Arugula, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $12




Knee Deep Stoutella Brisket

Slow Roasted Stoutella Brisket, Brown Butter & Maple Sweet Potatoes,

Caramelized Shallot Creamed Spinach,

Onion Au Jus $15



Beet Ravioli with Shrimp & Chorizo

House Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese & Cashew Ravioli,

Sautéed White Shrimp & Spanish Chorizo, Cherry Tomatoes,

Spinach, Shallots, Thai Sweet Chili Sauce $16