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.

7/10 Lunch



Bluebird Meadows Tomatoes

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella Burrata, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Mint, Lemon Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10



Sweet Potato Sandwich

German Sauerkraut, Onion Jam, Dijon, Provolone on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Roast Beef Sandwich

Garlic Roasted NY Strip, Green Tomato Chutney,

Arugula, Havarti, Horseradish Sauce on Sourdough

Served Fries or Salad $12



Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

House Pickles & Peppers, Arugula,

Swiss, Red Pepper Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Tomato-Saffron Broth, Crostini $14