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.

8/28 Lunch





Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Chicken Liver & Shiitake  Pâté

Spicy Pepper Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Zebra Tomato Salad

Brinkley Farms Green Zebra Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Red Onion,

Pickled Radish, Mixed Greens, Roasted Almonds, Champagne Grapefruit Vinaigrette $10



Boar Sandwich

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Spinach,

Tomato, Havarti, Herbed Dijon on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Short Rib Tacos (3)

Braised Beef Short Ribs, Pickled Squash, Carrots & Cucumber,

Chopped Romaine, Goat Cheese, Chimichurri Sauce on Flour Tortillas $12



Saffron Risotto

Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers, Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomato, Spinach,

Cremini Mushrooms, Parmegiano Reggiano, Shaved Summer Truffle $13