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.

1/2 Lunch


Fried Artichokes

Buttermilk Battered Artichoke Hearts,

Lemon Garlic Sauce $7



Winter Salad

Roasted Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Bell Peppers, Parmesan, Mixed Greens,

Italian Vinaigrette $11



Spicy Southwest Chicken Sandwich

Roasted Chicken, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo,

Romaine, Provolone, Jalapeno Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13



BBQ Fried Chicken Sandwich

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Romaine Lettuce, Tomato,

 Red Onion, Swiss, Blueberry Chipotle BBQ on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Shrimp Tacos (3)

Buttermilk Battered White Shrimp, Asian BBQ Sauce,

Pico de Gallo, Stone Bros. Sweet Habanero Relish,

 Arugula on Flour Tortillas $13