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.

6/13 Brunch


Hickory Bacon, Apples, Red Onion, Romaine,

White Cheddar, Herb Dijon on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Strawberry Pain Perdu

Battered & Fried Baguette, Strawberry & Lime Basil Compote, Sautéed Daylily Flowers $8


Sausage, Egg & Cheese

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Sunny Side Ellerbe Creek Duck Egg,

Smoked Gouda, Red Onion, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $11


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14


Gator & Grits

Fried Alligator Tail, Arugula Flowers, Bluebird Meadows Leeks,

SC White Grits, Smoked Tomato Gravy, Scallion $15