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.

7/1 Lunch

Chicken Liver Pâté

Pickled Okra, Dijon Mustard, Balsamic Syrup,

 Green Tomato Chutney, Capers, Crostini $12


Endive Salad

Mozzarella Burrata, Endives, Banana Peppers & Tomatoes,

Pistachios, Guajillo Pepper Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10


Duck Confit Panini

Onion Jam, House Pickles, Mahón Cheese on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Fried Bologna Sandwich

Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimento Cheese,

Sunny Side Duck Egg, Pickled Red Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Roasted Pork Loin stuffed with Oxtail, Peppers & Herbs

Pimento Cheese, Smoked Onion Relish on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Fried Chicken and Biscuits

Chicken Breast & Thigh, House-made Biscuits,

Slow-cooked Collards, Smoked Corn Purée, Pickled Red Onion $14