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.

2/23 Dinner


Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower,

Hot Tomato Chutney $7



Pear Salad with Mango Dressing

Sliced Pear, Cucumber, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

Toasted Almonds, Arugula, Spicy Mango Cilantro Dressing $11



 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Fig Preserves,

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Hot Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Water Crackers $13 



Habanero Pimento Sandwich

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar Pimento Cheese,

Slow Roasted Hi Wire Bed of nails Short Rib on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Eggplant, Parmesan,

Smoked Gouda, Arugula, Marinara on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Steak Sandwich

Marinated Flank Steak, Mushrooms, Arugula, Tomato,

Red Onion, Provolone, Jalapeno Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $14