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.

11/3 Lunch




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Sautéed Shallots,

Red Pepper Flakes, Parsley, Remoulade Dipping Sauce $6



Niçoise Salad

Hard Boiled Egg, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Snow Peas,

Olives, Capers, Roasted Fingerlings, Mixed Greens, Fish Sauce Vinaigrette $10



Italian Prosciutto Panini

400 Day Aged Italian Prosciutto, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Basil, Manchego, Italian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Shrimp Taco (3)

Pan Seared Shrimp, Squash, Zucchini, Pickled Red Onion,

Ellerbe Creek Arugula, Chili-Lime Crema on Flour Tortillas $12



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $14