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.

2/20 Dinner








Fried Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Crumbled Blue Cheese $7



Greek Salad

Bluebird Meadows Hakurei Turnips, Red Onion,

Kalamata Olives, Shaved Carrots, Feta, Arugula,

Sweet Tahini Vinaigrette $11




Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Smoked Gouda, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Shrimp Po’Boy

Buttermilk Fried White Shrimp, Pickled Okra,

Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, Cajun Rémoulade on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $14



Fed Style Crab Cakes (2)

Pan Fried Crab Cakes, Brussels Sprouts,

Roast Cauliflower, Bell Peppers, Lemon-Roasted Garlic Aioli,

Stone Bros. Habanero Relish $15