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.

4/12 Dinner



Italian Olive Bowl

Green Castelvetrano Olives, Gaeta Olives,

Toasted Cashews, Pickled Red Onions $5



Ginger Teriyaki Salad

Roasted Ginger Beech Mushrooms, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Shaved Carrot & Radish, Spinach,

Sesame Teriyaki Vinaigrette $11



Chili Molasses Brisket Melt

Chili Molasses Braised Brisket, Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions,

Smoked Gouda, White Cheddar, Sundried Tomato Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Southwestern Steak Tacos (3)

Marinated Flank Steak, Onions, Cilantro,

 Romaine, Red Chimichurri Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13



Nepalese Meatballs (v)

Nepalese Spiced Impossible Meatballs, Spinach,

Roast Cauliflower, Sundried Tomatoes, Onions, Roast Fingerlings,

Coconut Butternut Squash Puree, Paprika Saffron Sauce $15