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.

3/10 Lunch







Roasted Beets with Goat cheese

Red & Yellow Beets,

Goat Cheese Béchamel, Arugula $7  



Chicken Wings (8)

Honey Mustard, Buffalo, or Smoky Chipotle

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Garden Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Arugula,

Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



B.L.A.  2.0

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Avocado,

Red Onion, Swiss, Walnut Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Beer Braised Short Rib Tacos (3)

Bell’s Two Hearted Braised Short Rib, Bell Peppers,

Slow Braised Bacon Collards, Two Hearted BBQ Sauce

On Flour Tortillas $13