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.

6/10 Lunch

Bluebird Meadows Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Shaved Radish, Orange Supremes,

Barrel Aged Feta, Ellerbe Creek Arugula, Pesto Vinaigrette $9


Fried Chicken Sliders

Sautéed Arugula Flowers, House Pickles, Red Dragon Cheese on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $10



House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Botifarra amb Mongetes

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Spanish Chorizo,

Baby Leeks, White Beans, Shaved Truffle, Allioli $14


Petite NY Strip

Marinated Bluebird Meadows Squash,

Garlic Purple Sweet Potatoes, Pine Nut Sofrito $15