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.

6/11 Lunch

Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, House Garlic Pickles, Pickled Okra,

House Strawberry Jam, Kalamata Tapenade, Crostini $12


Beets & Burrata

Bluebird Meadows Beets, Mozzarella Burrata,

Sherry & Manchego Arugula, Lime Basil, Espelette $9



House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Wild Boar Gnocchi

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Hand Made Gnocchi, Shallots,

Marinated Local Squash, Pesto, Shaved Summer Truffles $15