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.

Fall Menu


Fed Fries A Large Portion of our Fresh-Cut, Twice-Cooked Fries with Garlic & Parsley $6
Romaine Wraps with Cauliflower Tabbouleh $7

Hot Pimento Cheese Dip with Warm Pita Bread $8

Nachos Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo, Jalapenos, Refried Beans $9

Add Chicken, Pork or Guacamole $3
Soup of the Day Cup/Bowl $4/$6

Chili Dusted Crispy Chickpeas $4



Field Greens Roasted Butternut Squash, Golden Raisins, Red Onions, Maple Vinaigrette $9

Brussels Sprout Leaves Red Onion, Cucumber, Walnuts, Lemon Vinaigrette $9

Butter Lettuce Cherry Tomatoes, Blue Cheese, Watermelon Radish, Croutons, Buttermilk – Dijon Vinaigrette $9

Add Chicken or Pork $3 Add Oysters $4



All sandwiches come with a side of fries or a small green salad


Vegetable Pita Hummus, Olive, Tomato, Red Onion, Banana Pepper, Feta, Romaine, Red Wine Vinaigrette $9

Add Chicken or Pork $3

Oyster Caesar Wrap Fried Oysters, Romaine, Tomato, Parmesan, Caesar Dressing,

Garlic Herb Tortilla $12

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche $12

Beer Braised Pork Sandwich Habanero Pepper Jack Cheese, Yellow Onion on Sour Dough $10

Edamame Sliders Sriracha Aioli, Pickled Red Onion, Guacamole $11

Add Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss Bacon $1



Carnitas Beer Braised Pork, Corn Tortillas, Fresh Salsa, Shredded Lettuce, Guacamole $11

Mushroom Stroganoff Wild Foraged Mushrooms, Zucchini Pasta $13

*Fed Burger Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Dijon Mustard on Brioche $12
Add Cheddar, Provolone, Habanero Jack or Swiss $1/Bleu Cheese $2/ Mushrooms, Fried Egg or

Bacon $1/Guacamole $3 Au Poivre Sauce $2


House-Made Dessert $7

-Ask Server for Details

Columbian Medium Roast Coffee with 1 Free Refill $2