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.

1/10 Lunch








Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Honey Mustard Salad

Cucumbers, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes,

Feta, Toasted Almonds, Spinach,

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette $11




Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss,

Jalapeno Aioli, on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Not Your Average Chili Cheese Fries

Smoked Pork Belly & Bacon Chili with Carrots, Onions, Squash,

Zucchini, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream 

Over fed Fries $12



Highland Black Watch Tacos (3)

Beer Braised Beef Short Rib, Button Mushroom,

 Watermelon Radish, Pickled Onion, Arugula, 

Black Watch BBQ Sauce $13