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.

1/6 Dinner


Three Meat Chili

Elk Sausage, Bacon Sausage, Beef, Tomatoes,

Sweet Corn, Onions, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas,

Corn Chips, Cheddar, Sour Cream $5/7



Winter Salad

Roasted Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Bell Peppers, Parmesan, Mixed Greens,

Italian Vinaigrette $11



Spicy Salami Sandwich

Spicy Calabrese Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Avocado,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Bison Sliders (2)

Seared Ground Bison, Swiss, Arugula,

 Pickled Red Onion,

Barbeque Sauce $13



Duck Poutine

Pulled Confit Duck Leg, Poutine Gravy,

Shallots, Crimini Mushrooms, Cheese Curds,

Fed Fries $14