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.

5/2 Brunch

Fruit Plate

Strawberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Apples,

Almonds, Orange Juice Noodles, Balsamic Syrup $9


Chicken Liver Mousse

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

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


Lyon Farms Asparagus

Poached to Order Asparagus, Mozzarella Burrata, Shaved Truffle,

Toasted Almonds, Smoked Tomato Aioli, Hawaiian Sea Salt $12


Turkey Panini

Strawberry Jam, Red Onion, Arugula,

 Provolone, Herb Dijon on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Duck in the Hole

Fried Duck Egg, Fried Bologna, Banana Peppers, Pea Shoots

Guajillo Pepper Hollandaise in Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14


Pheasant Crêpe

Pheasant & Cognac Sausage, Caramelized Leeks,

Maitake Mushrooms, Drunken Goat Cheese (Spain) $15