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.

2/3 Lunch




Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Chipotle BBQ Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $6



Squash & Zucchini Salad

Roasted Squash & Zucchini, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,

Shaved Carrots, Red Onion, Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese,

Mixed Greens, Maple Vinaigrette $11



Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb Roast, Pickled Red Onion,

Cucumbers, Arugula, Feta, Tzatziki Sauce

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Vermillion Snapper Tacos (3)

Pan Seared NC Vermillion Snapper, Asparagus,

Roasted Red Potatoes, Sweet Corn, Shallots,

Avocado-Chorizo Aioli on Flour Tortillas $13



Pork Tenderloin

Apple Cider & Brown Sugar Marinated Tenderloin Cutlet,

Fingerling Puree with Beet Jus, Asparagus, Sweet Peppers,

Caramelized Onions, Apple Balsamic Syrup $14