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.

1/30 Lunch


Chicken Liver & Lardon Pâté

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Winter Beet and Butternut Squash Salad

Roasted Red & Yellow Beets, Roasted Butternut Squash,

Roasted Red Peppers, Cured Shaved Red Wine Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts,

 Mixed Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



Avocado BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Avocado, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Provolone, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Atlantic Porgy Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Porgy, Guacamole

Romaine, Tomatillo Salsa Verde 

On Flour Tortillas $13



Wild Boar Hoagie

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Red Onion,

Mushrooms, Romaine, Provolone Jalapeno Aioli on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13