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.

7/23 Dinner



Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Heirloom Tomato & Spec Ham Crostini

Local Heirloom Tomatoes, Herbed Goat Cheese,

Spec Ham, Crostini, Honey Thyme Dressing $8



Greek Salad

Kalamata Olives, Cucumber, Red Onion,

 Cherry Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Feta, Arugula,

Red Wine Vinaigrette $12



Bacon & Onion Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Caramelized Onions,

Swiss, Smoked Gouda, Pesto Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Fried Cod Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Cod, Tomato,

Lettuce, Red Onions,

 Sweet Onion Tartar Sauce with Fries or Salad $14



Highland Gaelic Braised Brisket

Slow Braised Brisket, Tomatoes, Carrots,

Onions, Celery, Bluebird Meadows Zucchini,

Jus Sauce, House Linguini $16