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.

1/8 Lunch




Duck Liver & Maitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jelly & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Parmesan-Mint Salad

Granny Smith Apples, Shaved Radish, Red Onion,

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Parmesan-Mint Vinaigrette $10



Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Spicy Chili

Ground Beef, Tomato, Onion, Green Pepper, Carrots, Kidney Beans,

 Northern White Beans, Buttermilk Cornbread

Over Herbed Jasmine Rice $12



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Romaine,

 Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Spicy Walnut Pesto Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13