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.

4/8 Dinner



Green Castelvetrano Olives, Gaeta Olives,

Toasted Cashews, Pickled Red Onions $5



Butternut Squash & Champagne Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash & Sundried Tomatoes,

Cucumber, Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Goat Cheese,

Mixed Greens, Sweet Champagne Vinaigrette $12



Smoked Bacon Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions,

Smoked Gouda, White Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Impossible Chili Huarache

Chili Molasses Impossible Meat, Romaine, Poblano, Red Onion,

House Pico de Gallo, Red Chimichurri, Shaved Radish

On a Fresh Local Huarache $13



Beef Filet & Pork Fried Rice

Braised Beef Filet, Roasted Pork Cheek,

Carrots, Green Onions, Shallots,

Scrambled Eggs, Spring Peas, Shoe Peg Corn,

Fried Rice $15