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.

4/5 Brunch

Chilled Asparagus

Shaved Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Hollandaise, Balsamic Syrup $9



House-made Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Pork Belly

Roasted Red Peppers, Heirloom Spinach, Shallots,

Smoked Gouda Grits, Mushroom & Pepper Bacon Gravy $12


Crab Omelet

Old Bay Seasoned Crab, Shiitake Mushrooms,

Leeks, Goat Cheese, Shaved Truffles $14


Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14


Lamb Tagine

Slow-cooked Lamb Shank, Chorizo, Tomatoes,

Golden Raisins, Israeli Couscous, Harissa, Poached Eggs $17