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.

5/8 Lunch



Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, Moonshine Jelly, House Green Tomato Chow-Chow,

Stone Brother’s Kudzu Jelly & Cranberry-Orange Marmalade, Capers, Crostini $13



Strawberry “Short Cake” Salad

Strawberries, Cucumber, Shaved Carrot, Feta,

Arugula, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Biscuit Croutons $10



Sicilian Sliders

Italian Salami, Pickled Ramp,

 Chard & Kale Salad on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Smoked Chicken Salad

Pulled Whole Chicken, Red Onion, Celery,

Bacon, House Made Garlic-Dill Pickles on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10




Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Garlic Butter, Crostini $14