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.

11/14 Lunch

Beet Sandwich

Roasted Red Peppers, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $8


Almond Albondigas

Pork Meatball, Sheep’s Milk Pecorino

Arugula, Sofrito Aioli, Olive Tapenade on a Slider Bun

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Texas Pete Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


NC Speckled Trout

Smoked Butternut Squash, Haricot Vert,

Okinawa Sweet Potatoes, Garlic-Caper Sauce, Charred Lemon $16