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.

4/10 Lunch


Green Castelvetrano Olives, Gaeta Olives,

Toasted Cashews, Pickled Red Onions $5



Ginger Teriyaki Salad

Roasted Ginger Beech Mushrooms, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Shaver Carrot & Radish, Spinach,

Sesame Teriyaki Vinaigrette $11



BBQ Short Rib Melt

Pulled BBQ Short Rib, Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions,

Smoked Gouda, White Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



Swordfish Sandwich

Pan Seared Swordfish Steak, Pico de Gallo ,

Gaucamole, Arugula, Jalapeno Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15