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.

7/21 Lunch






Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno Chow Chow & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



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



Avocado, Arugula, Tomatoes, Swiss,

Caramelized Onion Aioli on Sunflower Bread

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



Short Rib Tacos (3)

Pulled KBS Stout Coffee Braised Short Rib, NC Sweet Corn

Funny Girl Farm Squash, Zucchini & Sweet Peppers, Asparagus,

Chipotle BBQ on Flour Tortillas $13