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.

9/26 Dinner


Hummus & Pita Bake

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Green Olives,

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



Smoked Balsamic Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers,

Toasted Walnuts, Arugula, Smoked Balsamic Vinaigrette $11




Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato, Avocado,

Red Onion, Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Red Grouper Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Grouper, Sautéed Green Beans,

Roasted Sweet Corn Salsa, Lemon & Roasted Garlic Aioli

On Corn Tortillas $13



 Red Wine Braised Short Rib

Slow Braised Short Rib, Carrots, Onions,

Celery, Roasted Potatoes, Spinach,

 Red Wine Au Jus $13