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.

8/21 lunch


Chicken Liver & Burgundy Truffle Pate

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam, Fig Preserves, & Sweet Habanero Relish,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Crispy Spec Ham & Goat Cheese Salad

Crispy Spec Ham, Roasted Red Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula,

 Balsamic Vinaigrette $12




Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Baja Shrimp Tacos (3)

Marinated Baja Shrimp, Bell Peppers,

Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13



Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13