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.

7/8 Lunch




Chicken Liver & Chanterelle Pâté

Stone Brothers Jalapeno Chow Chow & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Braeburn Salad

Braeburn Apple, Ellerbe Creek Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Shaved Carrot, Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts

Citrus-Apple Vinaigrette $12



Braised Brisket Sandwich

Peach Braised Brisket, Sugar Glazed Pineapple,

Red Onion, Arugula, Swiss, House BBQ Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



M. Bison Sliders

Seasoned Bison, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Curry Aioli 

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Duck Poutine

Pulled Confit Duck Leg, Shallots, Mozzarella,

Poutine Gravy with Chanterelles, Shaved Summer Truffle,

Fed Frites $14