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.

11/8 Lunch




Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion and Apple, Swiss,

Dijon Mustard on Marble Rye Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Duck Confit Hash

Fried Polenta Cake, Brussels Sprouts,

Carmen Peppers, Micro Greens, Hollandaise,

Sunny Side Eggs, Smoked Pecorino $13


Steamed Mussels

Shallots, Garlic, Sherry, Spanish Chorizo,

 Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Fried Chicken and Waffles

Maple Syrup, Butter, Powdered Sugar $14