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.

2/11 Lunch



Fried Sweet Potatoes

Buttermilk Fried Sweet Potatoes, Buffalo Sauce

Blue Cheese Sauce $6



Chicken Liver & Grey Dove Oyster Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Vidalia Relish & Elderberry Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Beet Sandwich

Braised Beets, Roasted Red Peppers,

Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Pickled Radish Salad

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Radish, Shaved Carrot,

Toasted Almonds, Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre,

Arugula, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Meaty Chili

Strip Steak, Pork Loin, Ground Beef, Black beans, Kidney Beans,

 Red & Yellow Bell Peppers, Celery, Onions

Over Cilantro Jasmine Rice $12



Ahi Tuna Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Ahi Tuna, Portobello, Sweet Peppers, Squash, Zucchini,

Arugula, Wasabi Aioli, Soy Ginger Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13