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.

1/3 Dinner








Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Winter Salad

Roasted Red Peppers, Carrots, Roasted Walnuts,

Red Onion, Croutons, Feta, Mixed Greens,

Champagne Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $10



Beer Braised Brisket Tacos (3)

Founder Lizard of Koz Brisket,

Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Arugula,

Lizard of Koz BBQ Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13



Honey Thyme Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Marinated in Honey Thyme Dressing,

Hoppin’ John with Pork Belly & Spinach,

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce $15