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.

2/5 Lunch





Braised Romaine Heart

Anchovies, Fried Capers, Shaved Carrots,

Bacon, Biscuit Croutons, Russian Dressing $9


Winter Squash

Roasted Zucchini, Yellow Squash & Tomatoes,

Goat Cheese, Tiny Farms Arugula, Toasted Almonds,

Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


Chicken Wings

Signature Bangarang Sauce, Carrots & Celery,

Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce $10


NC Sea Trout Sandwich

Pan Seared NC Trout, Sunnyside Egg, Marinated Kale,

Caramelized Red Onion, Carrot Sambal Puree on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13