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.

3/8 Dinner

Buttermilk Fried Artichokes

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes, Garlic, Parsley,

Lemon-Garlic Aioli $8



Roasted Beets with Goat cheese

Red Beets, Yellow Beets, Goat Cheese Béchamel,

Arugula $7  



Garden Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Arugula,

Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Bacon & Onion Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Swiss,

Caramelized Onions, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Thai Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots, Garlic,

Cilantro, Crostini, Thai Green Curry Sauce $15



Bells Two Hearted Braised Short Rib                                                                                                                             Bells Two Hearted Braised Short Rib, White Bean Bell Pepper Mousse,

Sautéed Kale Hearts, Tomato Thyme Chasseur Sauce $15