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.

11/7 Lunch





Farm Radish Salad

Funny Girl Farm Radish, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Almonds,

Arugula, Sweet Shallot Vinaigrette $11



Left Handed Stout Brisket Sandwich

Slow Roasted Stout Braised Brisket, Arugula, Spicy Cashews,

Habanero Cheddar, Left-Handed Stout Barbeque Sauce on Sourdough Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Shrimp & Tilapia Tostadas

Pan Seared White Shrimp & Tilapia, Arugula,

Roasted Tomatillo & Chipotle Sauce,

Sour Cream, Fresh Tostadas $13   



Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13