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.

1/7 Lunch




Endive Salad

Kalamata Olives, Mozzarella Buratta, Toasted Almonds, Belgian Endives,

Purple Watercress, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


Butternut Squash Panini

Apples, Shaved Onions, Field Greens,

Mascarpone on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Sweet Potato Taco

Roasted Red Peppers, Brussels Sprouts,

Slaw, Goat Cheese, Orange-Chipotle Salsa on Corn Tortillas $9


Smoked Pork Loin

Ashe County Hoop Cheese, Brussels Sprout Slaw,

Pickled Onions, Carolina BBQ on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $10