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.

12/23 Lunch




Pâté & Brie

Chicken Liver Pâté, Brie, French Mustards, Pickled Okra,

Blueberry Jam, Chow-Chow, Balsamic Reduction, Crostini $12


Cucumber Salad

Roasted Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onion, Feta,

Tiny Farms Arugula, Biscuit Croutons, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette $9


Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,
Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye
Served with Fries or Salad $9


Smoked Pork Loin

Texas BBQ Sauce, Kale Slaw,

 Hoop Cheese on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10


NC Yellowfin Tuna Sliders

Rare Seared Tuna, Pickled Red Onion,

Marinated Cucumbers, Sherry-Sambal Sauce on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14