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.

6/9 Lunch



Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, House Garlic Pickles, Pickled Okra,

House Strawberry Jam, Kalamata Tapenade, Crostini $12



Summer Squash Salad

Squash & Zucchini Noodles, Shaved Radish, Red Onion, Toasted Almonds,

 Smoked Pecorino, Ellerbe Creek Lettuce, Lemon Herb Vinaigrette $10




House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Wild Boar

Romaine, Tomato, Fried Jalapeno, Herbed Dijon,

Red Dragon Cheese (English Cheddar with Ale) on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fried Chicken Biscuit

Large House Made Biscuit, Red Wine Mushroom Sauce,

 Sunnyside Ellerbe Creek Egg, Purple Fingerlings, Sofrito, Scallions $15