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.

4/19 Dinner




Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8



Pita & Brie Bake

Danish Brie, Caramelized Red Onions,

Sautéed Spinach, Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup

On Toasted Pita $9



Crispy Pork Belly Salad

Crispy Pork Belly, Carrots, Bell Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Arugula,

 Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12




Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Steamed Mussels Frites

Italian ‘Nduja Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato & Duck Broth, Fed Frites $16



Fresh Jumbo Scallops

Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops, Shallots, Sautéed Collards,

Cherry Tomatoes, Bourbon Bacon Gravy $16