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.

2/11 Lunch




Eggplant Salad

Roasted Eggplant, Cucumber, Pickled Onion,

Goat Cheese, Tiny Farms Arugula, Biscuit Croutons,

Pimentón Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Butternut Squash Sliders

Roasted Squash, Slow Cooked Collards,

Goat Cheese, Spiced Tomato Aioli on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Fried Chicken Pita

Spanish Chorizo, Kalamata Olives, Peppers,

Israeli Couscous, Gorgonzola Crème on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Duck Poutine

Vide Duck Thighs, Duck Velouté, Shallots, Garlic,

Mozzarella Burrata, Shaved Black Midnight Truffle, Fed Fries $16