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.

2/18 Lunch





Chicken Liver & Grey Dove Oyster Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Vidalia Relish & Jalapeno Pepper Jam,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $12



Beet Salad

Braised Beets, Roasted Butternut Squash, Shaved Carrot,

Red Onion, Toasted Walnuts, Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre,

Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11




House Cured Maple Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Brisket Tacos (3)

Slow Roasted Beef Brisket, Shiitake,

Squash, Zucchini, Sweet Peppers, Arugula,

Sweet Chili Hosin Sauce on Flour Tortillas $12



Fried Chicken Sandwich

 Hickory Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche 

Served with Fries or Salad $13