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.

3/10 Lunch






Duck Liver & King Trumpet Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam & Habanero Pepper Relish,

 French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Roasted Red Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes,

Shaved Carrots, Cucumbers, Feta, Toasted Almonds,

Sweet Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette $10



                                         Epic French Dip                                                 

  Roasted beef, Aus Jus, Melted Provolone,

Horseradish Sauce on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $14



Pork Cheek Tacos

Brandy Wine Braised Pork Cheek,

Pico De Gallo, Cremini Mushrooms, Cilantro,

 Highland Cherry Mocha Chili Crema $13



3x3 Vegan Chili

Beluga Lentils, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Tomatoes, Onions, Bourbon,

Guajillo, Ancho & New Mexico Red Chiles, Avocado, Cilantro,

Over Jasmine Rice $13