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.

7/20 Lunch






Chicken Wings (8)

Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Ellerbe Creek Farm Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes, Sage Goat Cheese Mascarpone, Shaved Carrot, 

Funny Girl Farms Sorbet Watermelon, Balsamic Reduction, Crispy Bluebird Meadow Sage, Arugula,

Stone Brothers Spicy Chow Chow $12


Roast Turkey Sandwich

Buffalo Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

Romaine, Tomato, Provolone, Caramelized Onion Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Chicken Liver Po’Boy

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Livers, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Pickled Okra Remoulade on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Wild Boar Linguini

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Asparagus, NC Sweet Corn,

Funny Girl Farms Squash, Zucchini, Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes & Sweet Peppers,

Parmesan, House Linguini, Brava Sauce $15