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.

1/27 Lunch




Chicken Liver, Shiitake & Jasmine Tea Pâté

House Raspberry Mint Jam, Herbed Onion Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Smoked Gouda, Roasted Red Peppers on Texas Toast

Served with Tomato Basil Soup $10



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sugar Bacon, French Brie, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Vegetable Stir-Fry

Maitake, Asparagus, Squash, Carrots, Shallots,

Spinach, Cranberry Soy Reduction, Jasmine Rice $12



Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Fried Oysters, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Soy-Sweet Chili Remoulade on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites$14