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.

1/7 Lunch








Buffalo Crimini Mushrooms

Buttermilk Battered Crimini, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $7



Duck Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Fig Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Flatbread Crackers $13



Rare Seared Tuna Salad

Rare Tuna Loin, Olive Tapenade, Red Onion, Candied Lemon,

 Arugula, Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette $12



Strip Steak Sandwich

Herb Roasted Strip Steak, Provolone, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Red Pepper Aioli on a Fried Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13