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.

7/16 Lunch

Padrón Peppers

Fried Padrón Peppers tossed in Red Sea Salt,

Brava Sauce, Wild Ramp Relish $6


Heirloom Tomatoes

Ellerbe Creek & Bluebird Meadows Tomatoes, Basil,

Black Pepper Goat Cheese, Opal Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $9


Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Sunny Side Ellerbe Creek Farm Egg,

Heirloom Tomato, Pickled Onion, Arugula on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $9



House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Russian Dressing, Swiss on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Pork Chop

Hickory Bacon, Okra & NC Sweet Corn Pudding, Red Cabbage & Citrus Slaw $14