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.

Dinner 1/14

Fresh Catch

Seared Bay Scallops, “Fox Farm Forage” Mushroom Risotto, Basil Oil $17



Beef and Bean Chili $4 cup/ $6 bowl


Fried Green Tomatoes

Sriracha Aioli $6


Crawfish Etouffee

Louisiana Crawfish, Tomato Gravy, White Rice $10


Catfish Sandwich

Fried NC Catfish, Tomato, Arugula and Horseradish Cream on a Hawaiian Brioche Bun served with choice of side $13