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.

5/15 Lunch




Beet Salad

Golden Beets, Strawberries, Year-Aged Manchego,

Walnuts, Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Fennel Fronds $9



Blueberry Grilled Cheese

House Made Blueberry Jam, Caramelized Onions,

White Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Apricot Pork Belly Gnocchi

Apricot-Mango Sauce, House Gnocchi,

Heirloom Tomatoes, Shaved Truffle, Microgreens $14



Goat Cheese & Butternut Ravioli

Baked House-Made Ravioli, Wild Ramps, Braised Baby Fennel,

Red Pepper Vodka Sauce, Smoked Pecorino, Pea Shoots $15