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.

1/29 Lunch




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Chipotle BBQ Sauce,

 Blue Cheese Crumbles $6



Adobo Salad

Hard Boiled Egg, Roasted Red Peppers, Shaved Carrots,

Crispy Fried Shallots, Arugula, Roasted Walnuts,

Goat Cheese, Chipotle Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Drunken Boar Sandwich

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Red Dragon Cheese (Welsh Cheddar with Ale),

Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Herbed Dijon on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Swiss,

Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Duck Confit Stir Fry

Pulled Confit Duck Leg, Maitake, Carrots,

Squash, Zucchini, Asian BBQ Sauce,

On Cilantro Lime Jasmine Rice $14