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.

5/1 Lunch




Chicken Liver Mousse

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Peach-Raisin-Ginger Chutney,

Capers, Pickled Onions, Two Chicks Farms Hot Pepper Jelly, Crostini $12



“Short Cake” Salad

Strawberries, Cucumber, Shaved Carrot, Feta,

Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Biscuit Croutons $9


Japanese Rachel

Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes,

Wasabi Slaw, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Shaolin Drunken Turkey

Drunken Goat Cheese (Bathed in Red Wine), House Strawberry-Mint Jam,

Banana Peppers, Arugula, Rosemary Dijon on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $11




Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14