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.

Lunch 10/31





Maple Wood Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato,

 Onion, Swiss, Granny Smith Apples,

Texas Pete Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad$9


Smoked Brisket Tacos

Smoked Pork Brisket, BBQ Sauce, Slaw,

Cilantro, Bonito Flakes on Corn Tortillas $11


Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss Cheese Crisps,

Dijon Vinaigrette, Rye Croutons $12


Steamed Mussels

Shallots, Garlic, Spanish Chorizo, Sherry,

Tomato Broth with Crostini $12