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.

6/14 Brunch

Strawberry Pain Perdu

Baguette French Toast, Strawberry & Lime Basil Compote, Sautéed Daylily Flowers $8



Hickory Bacon, Apples, Red Onion, Romaine,

White Cheddar, Herb Dijon on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Scrooge McDuck

Roasted Duck Breast, Swiss Cheese,

Mornay Sauce, Sunny Side Duck Egg on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Alligator Po’ Boy

Fried Alligator Tail, Red Cabbage Slaw, Red Pepper Cocktail Sauce on French Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12


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


Sausage Grits

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Ramp Bulbs, Pickled Serrano Peppers,

White Cheddar Grits, Smoked Tomato Gravy, Summer Truffle $16