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.

1/15 Lunch





Endive Salad

Kalamata Olives, Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Belgian Endives,

Mixed Greens, Citrus-Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Butternut Squash Sliders

Smoked Prosciutto, Sautéed Spinach,

Sheep’s Milk Pecorino, Sambal Aioli on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Fried Bologna Sandwich

Beef Bologna, Ashe County Hoop Pimento Cheese,

Sunny Side Egg, Pickled Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $10