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.

7/26 Brunch




Fried Alligator

Chili Garlic Remoulade, Sautéed Shallots, Mint, Italian Parsley $9



Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomatoes

 Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, Pistachios,  

Opal Basil, Mozzarella Burrata, Lemon Basil Vinaigrette $10




Hickory Bacon, Apples, Romaine, Onion,

Havarti, Dijon on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Pork Belly Biscuit

Crispy Pork Belly, Sunnyside Farm Egg, Red Dragon Cheese,

Tomato, Arugula, Citrus Basil Aioli $10



Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Maple Syrup, Texas Pete Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14



Wild Boar Hash

Fingerling Potatoes, Smoked Corn, Local Okra,

Fried Shallots, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Micro Greens $15