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.


Buffalo Cremini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8



Cheese & Toscano Salami Plate

Tuscano Salami, Honey Gouda, Smoked Ricotta,

Semi Hard Goat Asiago, Gaeta Olives, Roasted Red Peppers,

Habanero Relish, Fig Preserves, Balsamic Glaze $13



Spring Salad

Radish, Red Onion, Bell Pepper, Cherry Tomato,

Green Apple, Toasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese,

Arugula, Apple Cider Vinaigrette $11



Pork Belly Sandwich

Honey Chili Glazed Pork Belly, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Avocado, Sweet Garlic Dills, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Green Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots,

Cilantro, Green Curry Sauce, Jasmine Rice,

 Toasted Baguette $16



Maui Style Mahi Mahi

Pan Seared Mahi, Bell Peppers,

Green Onion, Oyster Mushrooms, Radish,

Honey Sherry Brussels Sprouts, Garlic Lemon Sauce $16