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.

4/2 Lunch






Zucchini Fries

Buttermilk Battered Zucchini,

Sweet Pickle Aioli $7



Chicken Liver & Bacon Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

Fig Preserves, French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11



Corned Beef Reuben

House Brined Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Coffee Braised Short Rib Ranch Hand

Stone Coffee Stout Braised Beef Short Rib, Maitake,

King Oyster Mushrooms, Slow Braised Bacon Collards,

Scrambled Eggs, Coffee Stout BBQ Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13



Wild Boar Hash

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage,

Fingerlings, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, BBQ Sauce,

Fickle Creek Farm Sunnyside Duck Egg $14