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.

6/18 Dinner


Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8



Charcuterie Plate

Italian DOP Taleggio & Pecorino Tuscano, Prosciutto,

‘Njula Salami, Anchovy Fillets in Sunflower Oil, Marcona Almonds

Green Royal Olives, French Mustards, Capers, Stone Brothers

Sweet Habanero Relish, Moonshine Jam & Fig Preserves, Crostini $13



Roasted Summer Squash Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Summer Squash,

Toasted Almonds, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11



Tomato Jam & Cheddar Panini

House Tomato Jam, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

White Cheddar, Swiss, Pickled Red Onions on Sourdough

Served with Fries Or Salad $11



Crispy Pork Belly Tacos (3)

Sweet n’ Salty Crispy Braised Pork Belly, Beech Mushrooms,

Bean Sprouts, Funny Girl Farm Rainbow Chard, Kim Chi,

Cantonese Suki Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13


 Tomatillo Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Tomatillo Salsa,

 Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

 on Brioche Served with Fries Or Salad $13