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.

2/13 Dinner


Bruschetta (4)

Basil Goat Cheese, Italian Speck, Tuscan Salami,

 Fig & Apricot Jam, Olive & Tomato Tapenade, Crostini $8



Hakurei Turnip Salad

Bluebird Meadows Turnips, Roast Asparagus,

Cherry Tomato, Shaved Carrot, Roast Walnuts,

Spinach, Honey Dijon Vinaigrette $11



Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Spinach,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



NC Mackerel Tacos (3)

Pan Seared King Mackerel, Wild Mushrooms,

Shallots, Collards, Pickled Okra Tartar Sauce

On Flour Tortillas $12



Dr. Pepper Braised Pork Cheek Sandwich

 Dr. Pepper Braised Pork Cheeks, Lettuce, Tomato,

Red Onion, Banana Peppers, Dr. Pepper Hoisin, On Toasted Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13