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.

3/8 Lunch






Duck Liver & King Trumpet Pâté

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam & Habanero Pepper Relish,

 French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Potato Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Avocado,

Lima Beans, Toasted Almonds, Parmesan, Arugula

Sesame Herb Dressing$10



Roasted Turkey Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Turkey Breast, Pickled Red Onion,

 Roasted Red Peppers, Cucumbers, Arugula, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $11



NC Rainbow Trout Tacos (3)

Pan Seared NC Rainbow Trout, Shiitake, Sweet Peppers,

Paprika Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Arugula,

Jalapeno Aioli 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