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.

5/20 Lunch




Camembert en Croûte

Camembert (France) & House-made Blueberry Jam in Puff Pastry,

French Dijon, Sweet Garlic Pickles, Balsamic Syrup, Wellington Water Crackers $11



Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Shaved Carrot & Radish, Year-Aged Manchego (Spain),

Ellerbe Farms Mixed Greens, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Fennel Fronds $10



Sweet Potato Reuben

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

 Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Romaine, Pickled Red Onion, Tomato,

Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Monkfish Po’Boy

Garlic-Butter Poached Monkfish, Bluebird Meadows Swiss Chard Slaw,

 Garlic-Dill Pickles, Creole Remoulade on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $14