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.

12/4 Lunch




Buffalo Fried Cauliflower & Crimini

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower & Crimini, Crispy Fried Shallots,

Garlic-Parsley, Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese $8



Chicken Liver, Lomo Ham & Oyster Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno-Fig Preserves & Sweet Vidalia Relish,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Chicken & Honeydew Salad

Roasted Chicken, Honeydew Melon, Shaved Carrots, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,  

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts, Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette $12




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Provolone on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Winter Veg Tacos (3)

 Paprika-Garlic Fingerlings, Squash, Zucchini, Brussels Sprouts,

Shiitake, Black Bean Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Adobo-Lime Crema on Flour Tortillas $12



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, White Cheddar, Jalapeno Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13