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.

7/22 Lunch



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomatoes

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, Toasted Almonds, 

Opal Basil, Seasoned Goat Cheese, Lemon Basil Vinaigrette $9



Okra Sandwich

Roasted Okra, Banana Peppers, Arugula, Tomatoes,

 Smoked Gouda, Citrus Basil Aioli on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

 Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14




Fresh Peaches, Tomatoes, Green Olives,

Ellerbe Creek Opal & Sweet Basil, Shaved Summer Truffles, Garlic, White Wine $14



Fried Chicken Biscuit Plate

House Biscuit, Sautéed Ellerbe Creek Okra,

SC White Grits & Pimento Cheese, Brava BBQ Sauce $18