The Federal

Celebrating 10 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.

11/7 Brunch




Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam & Sweet Vidalia Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Herb Roasted Potato Salad

Fingerlings Roasted in Dill, Tarragon & Parsley,

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Arugula $11




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Short Rib Gyro

Slow Cooked Short Rib with Apple & Pear, Shaved Carrots & Squash,

Kimchi, Chili-Basil Crema, Ellerbe Creek Arugula on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Chorizo & Eggs

Local Mexican Chorizo, Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Potatoes, Tomato,

Jalapeno, Spinach, Avocado, Monterey Jack, Cilantro, Chili-Lime Crema $13



Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14