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.

11/5 Lunch



Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Texas Pete Aioli, White Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss Cheese Crisps,

Dijon Vinaigrette, Rye Croutons $11


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Slaw, House BBQ Sauce, Provolone on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Smoked Flounder Ravioli

Roasted Tomato Broth, Carmen Peppers,

Swiss Chard, Carrot-Saffron Puree, Smoked Pecorino $16