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.

3/1 Lunch





Duck Liver & Maitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Fig Preserves & Habanero Pepper Relish,

 French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Cranberry Salad

Pickled Radish, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

 Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Arugula,

Sweet Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette $10



Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Veggie Taco (3)

Roasted Fingerlings, Shallots, Asparagus,

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Kim Chi Aioli,

Sweet Teriyaki Ginger 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