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.

Dinner 7/20

Fried Eggplant

Spicy Tomato Sauce, Parmesan Cheese $8

 

Pork Loin Sandwich

Breaded Tender Loin, Yellow Mustard, Lettuce and Tomato on a Brioche Bun $12

 

Seared Striped Bass

NC Striped Bass, Wild Mushrooms, Quinoa, Pickled Watermelon Radish $14

Lunch 7/19

 

Caprese Salad

 Paul Robeson Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Margarita Gose Balsamic Reduction $7

Drunken Chicken Wings

Bourbon Braised then Fried Chicken Wings, Blueberry BBQ Sauce $7

Pork Chop Sandwich

Seared Pork Chop, Tomatillo and Roasted Garlic Aioli, Romaine and tomatoes on a Brioche Bun $11

 

Dinner 7/17

Caprese Salad

 Paul Robeson Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Margarita Gose Balsamic Reduction $7

Fish and Chips

Fried Filet of Cod, Fed Sauce, Garlic and Parsley Fries, Jicama Slaw $14

Pork and Sweets

Ancho Glazed Pork Chop and brown sugar Sweet Potatoes $14

7/Lunch

 

Bread and Spread

French Bread, Honey Butter, Spicy Jam, Chorizo $7

Goulash

Paprika Stewed Beef, Carrots, Potatoes over Quinoa $8

Cobb Salad

Iceberg Lettuce, Chicken, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Boiled Egg and Blue Cheese Dressing $10

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

7/14 Dinner

Eggplant Tostada

Grilled Eggplant, Corn Salad (Esquites), Arugula, Jalapeno Crème $7

Cobb Salad

Iceberg Lettuce, Chicken, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Boiled Egg and Blue Cheese Dressing $10

Fish “Reuben”

Fried Filet of cod, Watermelon Radish Sauerkraut, Fed Sauce and a cheese Curd Blanket on a Pretzel Roll $12

Pork and Sweets

Ancho Glazed Seared Pork Chop and Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes $14

7/14 Lunch

 

 

Fried Alligator

Marinated Alligator Tail served with Fed Sauce $7

Eggplant Tostada

Grilled eggplant, corn salad (esquites), arugula, jalapeno crème $7

 Cobb Salad

Iceberg Lettuce, Chicken, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Boiled Egg and Blue Cheese Dressing $10

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

6/3 Lunch

 

 

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $7

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Smokey Chipotle Salad

Roast Chicken, Fried Shallots, Pico de Gallo, Cucumber,

Mixed Greens, Smokey Chipotle Dressing $12

 

 

Chipotle Ranch Chicken Sandwich

Spanish Seasoned Chicken, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion,

 Smoked Gouda, Chipotle, Ranch on Texas Toast Sour Dough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

 

 

5/31 Lunch

 

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, Korean BBQ

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

                                                                           Berry Salad

Blueberries & Strawberries, Red Onion, Cucumbers, Walnuts,

Goat Cheese, Spinach, Blueberry Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

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

5/29 Lunch

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Kim Chi Pimento Cheese Melt

Ashe County Habanero & Kim Chi Pimento Cheese,

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Jalapeno Aioli on Thick Cut Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

5/27 Dinner

 

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes,

Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Kim Chi Pimento Cheese Melt

Ashe County Habanero & Kim Chi Pimento Cheese, Pineapple,

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sriracha on Thick Cut Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Korean BBQ Fried Rice

BBQ Braised Pork Belly, Scrambled Eggs, Radish,

Bell Peppers, Shallots, Asparagus, Green Onion,

Korean BBQ Sauce, Jasmine Rice $15

 

5/27 Lunch

 

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

 

Korean BBQ Fried Rice

BBQ Braised Pork Belly, Scrambled Eggs, Radish,

 Bell Peppers, Shallots, Asparagus, Green Onion,

Korean BBQ Sauce, Jasmine Rice $15

 

 

5/26 Dinner

 

 

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes,

Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Vegan Teriyaki Tempeh Tacos (3)

Teriyaki Ginger Tempeh, Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Arugula, Sweet Chili Coconut Sauce, Kim Chi

On Flour Tortillas $12

 

 

Chicken Picado Hoagie

Picado Marinated Chicken, Bell Peppers, Red Onions,

 Romaine, Tomatoes, Provolone, Jalapeno Aioli on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

5/26 Lunch

 

 

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes,

Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Vegan Teriyaki Tempeh Tacos (3)

Teriyaki Ginger Tempeh, Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Arugula, Sweet Chili Coconut Sauce, Kim Chi

On Flour Tortillas $12

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

5/25 Dinner

 

 

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes,

Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Vegan Teriyaki Tempeh Tacos (3)

Teriyaki Ginger Tempeh, Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Arugula, Sweet Chili Coconut Sauce, Kim Chi

On Flour Tortillas $12

 

 

Chicken Picado Hoagie

Picado Marinated Chicken, Bell Peppers, Red Onions,

 Romaine, Tomatoes, Jalapeno Aioli on Ciabatta

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

5/25 Lunch

 

 

Fried Brussels Sprouts

Whole Fried Brussels Sprouts,

Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Vegan Teriyaki Tempeh Tacos (3)

Teriyaki Ginger Tempeh, Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Arugula, Sweet Chili Coconut Sauce, Kim Chi

On Flour Tortillas $12

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

5/24 Dinner

 

Fried Brussels Sprouts

Whole Fried Brussels Sprouts,

Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese,

Roast Walnuts, Spinach, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Vegan Teriyaki Tempeh Tacos (3)

Teriyaki Ginger Tempeh, Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Arugula, Sweet Chili Coconut Sauce, Kim Chi

On Flour Tortillas $12

 

 

Korean BBQ Stir Fry

BBQ Braised Pork Belly, Radish, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Asparagus, Green Onion, Korean BBQ Sauce

Over Jasmine Rice $15

 

 

5/24 Lunch

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

BLTA

Double Smoked Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Avocado, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Vegan Teriyaki Tempeh Tacos (3)

Teriyaki Ginger Tempeh, Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Arugula, Sweet Chili Coconut Sauce, Kim Chi

On Flour Tortillas $12

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

5/23 Dinner

 

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese $7

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Braised Lamb, Red Onion, Tomatoes,

Cucumber, Romaine, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Impossible Chimichurri Tacos (3)

Seasoned Impossiburger Meat, Pico de Gallo, Bell Peppers,

Onions, Romaine, Red Chimichurri Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13     

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

 

5/23 Lunch

 

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese $7

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Braised Lamb, Red Onion, Tomatoes,

Cucumber, Romaine, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Impossible Chimichurri Tacos (3)

Seasoned Impossiburger Meat, Pico de Gallo, Bell Peppers,

Onions, Romaine, Red Chimichurri Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13     

 

 

Softshell Crab Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Fried Softshell Crab, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Jalapeno Aioli on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

5/22 Dinner

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese $7

 

 

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Local Strawberries, Cucumbers, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing $12

                                                                                        

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Braised Lamb, Red Onion, Tomatoes,

Cucumber, Romaine, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Impossible Chimichurri Tacos (3)

Seasoned Impossiburger Meat, Pico de Gallo, Bell Peppers,

Onions, Romaine, Red Chimichurri Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13     

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13