The Federal

Celebrating 10 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.

2/17 Dinner

Cucumber Balsamic Salad

Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Feta, Toasted Walnuts, Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10

 

 

 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Moonshine Jam

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Water Crackers $13 

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Striped Bass Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Bass, Romaine,

Tomatillo Sauce, Black Bean & Corn Pico de Gallo

On Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Duck Confit & Shrimp Alfredo

Pulled Confit Duck Leg, White Shrimp, Bell Peppers,

 Shallots, Mushrooms, Spinach, Creamy Rose Sauce

Over House Linguini $18

2/17 Lunch

 

Cucumber Balsamic Salad

Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Feta, Toasted Walnuts, Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10

 

 

 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Moonshine Jam

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Water Crackers $13 

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Trophy Braised Short Rib Hash

 Trophy Earmuffs Braised Short Rib,

Diced Potatoes, Bell Pepper,

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish,

Sunny Side Egg $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

2/16 Dinner

 

 

Cucumber Balsamic Salad

Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Feta, Toasted Walnuts, Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10

 

 

 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Moonshine Jam

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Water Crackers $13 

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Striped Bass Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Bass, Romaine,

Tomatillo Sauce, Black Bean & Corn Pico de Gallo

On Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Duck Confit & Shrimp Alfredo

Pulled Confit Duck Leg, White Shrimp, Bell Peppers,

 Shallots, Mushrooms, Spinach, Creamy Rose Sauce

Over House Linguini $18

2/16 Lunch

 

 

 

 

Cucumber Balsamic Salad

Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Feta, Toasted Walnuts, Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10

 

 

 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Moonshine Jam

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Water Crackers, Sesame Lavash $13 

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

 

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Eggplant, Parmesan,

Smoked Gouda, Arugula, Marinara on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Elk Sausage Sandwich

Elk, Apple, Pear & Port Wine Sausage, Arugula, Bell Peppers,

Red Onion, Mushrooms, Creamy Coleslaw on a Pretzel Roll

Served with fries or Salad $13

 

 

2/15 Lunch

 

 

 

 

Cucumber Balsamic Salad

Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Feta, Toasted Walnuts, Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10

 

 

 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Moonshine Jam

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Water Crackers, Sesame Lavash $13 

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Eggplant, Parmesan,

Smoked Gouda, Arugula, Marinara on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Elk Sausage Sandwich

Elk, Apple, Pear & Port Wine Sausage, Arugula, Bell Peppers,

Red Onion, Mushrooms, Creamy Coleslaw on a Pretzel Roll

Served with fries or Salad $13

 

 

2/13 Dinner

 

 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Moonshine Jam

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Water Crackers, Sesame Lavash $13 

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Sesame Chili Pork Belly Sliders

Brown Sugar & Chili Braised Pork Belly,

Creamy Coleslaw, Kim Chi, Pork Belly Chili Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Trophy Earmuffs Short Rib

Slow Braised Short Rib, Carrots, Shallots,

Celery, Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes,

Earmuffs & Short Rib Jus $15

 

2/13 Lunch

 

 

 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Moonshine Jam

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Water Crackers, Sesame Lavash  $13 

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Eggplant Parmesan

Buttermilk Battered Eggplant, Parmesan,

Smoked Gouda, Arugula, Marinara on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Sesame Chili Pork Belly Sliders

Brown Sugar & Chili Braised Pork Belly,

Creamy Coleslaw, Kim Chi, Pork Belly Chili Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

2/12 Dinner

 

 

 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Moonshine Jam

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Water Crackers, Sesame Lavash  $13 

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Teriyaki Shrimp & Steak Tacos (3)

Teriyaki Glazed Flank Steak, White Shrimp,

Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula, Teriyaki Sauce

On Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Sesame Chili Pork Belly Sliders

Brown Sugar & Chili Braised Pork Belly,

Kim Chi, Pork Belly Chili Sauce, Pickled Beets

Served on Brioche Sliders with Fries or Salad $15

2/11 Dinner

 

 Ham Terrine

 Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper, Moonshine Jam

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

  Dijon Mustard, Assorted Crackers $13 

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Teriyaki Steak Tacos (3)

Teriyaki Glazed Flank Steak, Beech Mushrooms,

Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Teriyaki Roasted Shiitake,

 Arugula, Teriyaki Sauce

On Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Sesame Chili Pork Belly Sliders

Brown Sugar & Chili Braised Pork Belly,

Kim Chi, Pork Belly Chili Sauce, Pickled Beets

Served on Brioche Sliders with Fries or Salad $15

2/11 Lunch

Cured Ham Terrine

Pressed Ham Terrine, Cracked Pepper,

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

 Maille Dijon Mustard, Assorted Crackers $13 

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Buttermilk Battered White Shrimp, Romaine Lettuce,

Tomato, Red Onion, Fed Sauce, Served on Brioche

with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

2/10 Dinner

Short Rib & Drunken Goat Cheese Arancini  (2)

Braised Short Rib, Drunken Goat Cheese,

Jasmine Rice, Pork Jus Chili Sauce $6

 

 

Cured Ham Hock Terrine

Pressed Ham Hock Terrine, Cracked Pepper,

 Stone Bros. Hotter than Hell Chow Chow, Baby Dill Pickles,

 Maille Dijon Mustard, Assorted Crackers $13 

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Butler’s Soy Curls, Creamy Cashew Coleslaw,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Teriyaki Steak Tacos (3)

Teriyaki Glazed Flank Steak, Beech Mushrooms,

Red Onion, Arugula, Kim Chi, Teriyaki Sauce

On Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Sesame Chili Pork Belly

Brown Sugar & Chili Braised Pork Belly, Bok Choy,

Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Teriyaki Roasted Shiitake,

Pork Belly Chili Sauce, Pickled Beets

Over Jasmine Rice $15

 

2/10 Lunch

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Oyster Po’ Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Romaine Lettuce,

Tomato, Red Onion, Fed Sauce, Served on Brioche

with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

  Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

2/9 Dinner

 

Short Rib & Drunken Goat Cheese Arancini

Braised Short Rib, Drunken Goat Cheese,

Jasmine Rice, Pork Jus Chili Sauce $9

 

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Buttermilk Battered White Shrimp, Romaine Lettuce,

 Tomato, Red Onion, Fed Sauce, Served on Brioche

with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Sesame Chili Pork Belly

Brown Sugar & Chili Braised Pork Belly, Bok Choy,

Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Teriyaki Roasted Shiitake,

Chili & Pear Miso Sauce, Pickled Beets

Over Jasmine Rice $15

2/9 Lunch

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Jamaican Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots, Cilantro,

Jamaican Curry Sauce over Jasmine Rice $15

 

2/8 Dinner

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard,

 Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Short Rib & Drunken Goat Cheese Arancini

Braised Short Rib, Drunken Goat Cheese,

Jasmine Rice, Pork Jus Chili Sauce $9

 

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Sesame Chili Pork Belly

Brown Sugar & Chili Braised Pork Belly, Bok Choy,

Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Teriyaki Roasted Shiitake,

Chili & Pear Miso Sauce, Pickled Beets

Over Jasmine Rice $15

2/8 Lunch

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers,

Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomatoes on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Jamaican Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots, Cilantro,

Jamaican Curry Sauce over Jasmine Rice $15

 

 

2/7 Dinner

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Seasoned Sweet Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing $12

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomatoes on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Jamaican Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots, Cilantro,

Jamaican Curry Sauce over Jasmine Rice $15

 

 

2/7 Lunch

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Seasoned Sweet Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

 Red Onion, Provolone, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Jamaican Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots, Cilantro,

Jamaican Curry Sauce over Jasmine Rice $15

 

 

2/6 Lunch

 

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Seasoned Sweet Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing $12

 

 

Italian Prosciutto Sandwich

Prosciutto, Arugula, Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onion,

Provolone, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Mahi Mahi Tacos

Pan Seared Mahi, Pico de Gallo,

Tomatillo Sauce, Arugula on Flour Tortillas $13   

Add Guacamole $1

 

 

Green Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots, Cilantro,

Green Curry Sauce, Jasmine Rice $14

 

 

2/5 Dinner

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita  

Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion,

Walnuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Seasoned Sweet Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Roasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens,

Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing $12

 

 

Italian Prosciutto Sandwich

Prosciutto, Arugula, Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onion,

Provolone, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Green Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots,

Sundried Tomatoes, Cilantro, Green Curry Sauce,

Jasmine Rice $15

 

 

Mahi Mahi Tacos

Pan Seared Mahi, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes,

Arugula, Sweet & Sour Sauce

Served on Flour Tortillas $13