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.

11/7 Lunch



Kale Salad

Marinated Bluebird Meadows Kale, Spanish Artichoke Hearts,

Candy Beets, Red Wine Vinaigrette,

Parmigiano Reggiano, Toasted Pine Nuts $9


Toasted Almond Albondiga Sliders

Pork Meatballs, Arugula, Smoked Pecorino,

Texas Pete Aioli on a Slider Bun

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion and Apple, Manchego,

Dijon Mustard on Rye Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Steamed Mussels

Shallots, Garlic, Sherry, Spanish Chorizo,

 Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14