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.

8/14 Lunch



Fried Okra

Fried Ellerbe Creek Farm Okra, Brava Sauce,

Smoked Pecorino, House Maple Bacon Jam $8



Bluebird Meadows Green Tomato Salad

Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Pickled Radish,

Smoked Lemon Feta, Arugula, Roasted Walnuts, Lemon Sherry Vinaigrette $11



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Farm Vegetable Linguini

Ellerbe Creek Scallop Squash, Bluebird Meadows Fairytale Eggplant & Carmen Peppers,

 Cremini, Shaved Drunken Goat Cheese, Pesto Chardonnay Sauce $14


Arroz con Mariscos

Spanish Chorizo, Mussels, Marinated Chicken, White Shrimp,

 Peas, Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic, Parsley, Saffron Risotto $17