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.

1/2 Lunch





Chicken Liver Pâté

Romesco Sauce, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Chow-Chow, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12


Winter Salad

Tiny Farms Arugula, Shaved Radish and Brussels Sprouts,

Grapes, Toasted Almonds, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette $9


Butternut Squash Panini

Apples, Shaved Onions, Field Greens,

Mascarpone on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Smoked Brisket Sandwich

Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Ashe County Hoop Cheese on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Fried Chicken Pita

Pickled Red Onions, Feta, Arugula,

Sundried Tomato Aioli on a Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $12