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.

12/7 Brunch


Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Smoked Turkey Club

Hickory Bacon, Pickled Banana Peppers, Lettuce, Red Onion,

Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Smoked Trout Omelette

Goat Cheese, Shallots & Arugula

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Fried Chicken and Waffles

Maple Syrup, Butter, Powdered Sugar $14


Mussels & Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Fed Fries $14


Duck, Biscuits & Gravy

Duck Thigh Sous Vide in Benton’s Bacon Fat,

House-made Biscuits, Duck Gravy,

Manchego, Pickled Okra, Poached Eggs $17