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.

3/20 Lunch




Chicken Liver Pâté

Raspberry Preserve, Pickled Shallots,

Dijon Mustard, Banana & Jalapeno Pepper Relish,

House Pickles, Pickled Okra, Crostini $12



Cucumber Salad

Roasted Tomato, Shaved Radish, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

 Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens, Rosemary-Thyme Vinaigrette $9


Ham & Cheese Panini

Smoked Ham, Roasted Tomato, Red Onion,

Cheddar, Basil Pesto on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Butternut Squash Sliders

Roasted Red Cabbage, Slow Cooked Collards,

Goat Cheese, Smoked Tomato Aioli on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Fried Oyster Po’Boy

Lettuce, Tomato, Onion,

Garlic-Sriracha Aioli on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $12