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.

2/3 Lunch





Cucumber Salad

Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Citrus-Basil Vinaigrette, Toasted Almonds, Carrot Oil, Balsamic Reduction $10


Smoked Pâté

Chicken Liver Pâté, French Mustards, Hot Chow-Chow,

Pickled Okra, Blueberry Jam, Pumpkin Butter, Crostini $12



House-cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Pork Tenderloin Taco

Pineapple & Nori Salsa, Sliced Fresh Jalapenos,

Pickled Onions, Feta on Corn Tortillas

Optional: Spicy Carrot-Sweet Potato Sambal Sauce

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Kale Slaw, Gorgonazola Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12