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.

8/6 Lunch




Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Salad

Heirloom Tomatoes & Cucumbers, Shaved Radish, Smoked Lemon Feta,

Arugula, Roasted Almonds, Balsamic Syrup, Raspberry Vinaigrette $10




House Cured Hickory-Maple Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Oyster Po’Boy

Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, House Bread ‘n Butter Pickles,

Creole Tartare Sauce on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Duck Breast Panini

Drunken Goat Cheese, Arugula, Tomato,

 Blackberry Sauce on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $14



Rainbow Trout Taco (3)

Artichoke, Prosciutto, Green Olives, Pickled Radish, Carrot Frond,

Ellerbe Creek Okra Relish, Ellerbe Creek Squash, Fresh Dill Crema $15