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.

7/9 Dinner


 Fried Mushroom with Brava Sauce

Buttermilk Battered Mushrooms, Brava Sauce,

Smoked Ricotta Crumbles $8



Hummus & Pita Bake

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Green Olives,

Pickled Red Onion, Feta, Arugula, Balsamic Syrup $6



Heirloom Tomato Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

Red Onion, Feta, Toasted Almonds, Arugula,

White Wine Balsamic Vinaigrette $12



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Smoked Sausage Dirty Rice

Pork Smoked Sausage, Zucchini, Spinach,

Bell Pepper, Sweet White Onions, Yellow Rice,

Pickled Sun Chokes, Tomatillo Salsa, $13



Fresh Triple Tail Snapper

Pan Seared Snapper, Paprika Roasted Rainbow Fingerlings,

Roasted Asparagus, Yuzu Tobbiko,

White Wine Pan Sauce $16