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.

8/2 Dinner

Chicken Wings (8)

Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Italian Gorgonzola Pita

Aged Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Olive Tapenade,

Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onions, Feta,

Smoked Balsamic Vinaigrette $9



Red Wine Caesar Salad

Kalamata Olives, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion,

Cucumbers, Banana Peppers, Arugula, Feta,

Croutons, Red Wine Caesar Dressing $11



Two Hearted Pulled Brisket Sandwich

Bell’s Two Hearted Braised Brisket, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Red Dragon Cheese, Two Hearted BBQ Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Eggplant Parmesan

Buttermilk Battered Bluebird Meadows Eggplant,

Parmesan, Mozzarella, Chili Basil Marinara, Arugula on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



BBQ Short Rib Tacos (3)

Slow Braised Short Rib, Roasted Sweet Corn & Red Onions, Spinach,

Herb Roasted Bluebird Meadows Butternut Squash & Carmen Peppers,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle BBQ Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13