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.

9/10 Lunch





Chicken Liver & Cherry Smoked Bacon Pâté

Bacon, Tomato & Rosemary Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ellerbe Creek Heirloom Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Red Onion, Pickled Radish,

 Mixed Greens, Roasted Pine Nuts, Parmesan, Citrus-Champagne Vinaigrette $11



Turkey Panini

Sugar Bacon, French Brie, House Walnut Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12




Beer Braised Bratwurst, German Sauerkraut,

 Dijon Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fried Oyster Po’boy

Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion,

Creole Remoulade on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $12