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.

8/21 lunch

 

Chicken Liver & Burgundy Truffle Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Crispy Spec Ham & Goat Cheese Salad

Crispy Spec Ham, Roasted Red Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula,

 Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Baja Shrimp Tacos (3)

Marinated Baja Shrimp, Bell Peppers,

Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

8/21 Dinner

 

Spicy Pimento Wontons (6)

House Spicy Pimento Cheese, Sweet Bacon Marmalade,

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish, Basil Oil $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Burgundy Truffle Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Crispy Spec Ham & Goat Cheese Salad

Crispy Spec Ham, Roasted Red Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula,

 Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Red Pepper & Coffee Pan Seared Cod

Red Pepper & Coffee Incrusted Cod, Romaine Lettuce, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onions, Tangy Tartar Sauce

Served On Brioche with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

8/20 Lunch

 

 

Chicken Liver & Burgundy Truffle Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Crispy Spec Ham & Goat Cheese Salad

Crispy Spec Ham, Roasted Red Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula,

 Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Baja Shrimp Tacos (3)

Marinated Baja Shrimp, Bell Peppers,

Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

8/19 Dinner

 

 

 

 

Spicy Pimento Wontons (6)

House Spicy Pimento Cheese, Sweet Bacon Marmalade,

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish, Basil Oil $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Burgundy Truffle Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Crispy Spec Ham & Goat Cheese Salad

Crispy Spec Ham, Roasted Red Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula,

 Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Fish N’ Chips

Beer Battered Cod, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Sweet N’ Tangy Tartar Sauce, Fed Fries $15

 

 

Duck Confit Tacos (3)

Duck Confit, Bell Peppers.

Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

8/19 lunch

 

Chicken Liver & Burgundy Truffle Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Crispy Spec Ham & Goat Cheese Salad

Crispy Spec Ham, Roasted Red Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula,

 Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Baja Shrimp Tacos (3)

Sautéed White Shrimp, Bell Peppers.

Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

8/18 Dinner

Frito Pie

Mexican Chorizo, Pico de Gallo,

Jalapenos, Cheddar, Tomatillo Sauce, Sour Cream,

Seasoned Corn Chips $10

 

 

Spicy Pimento Wontons (6)

House Spicy Pimento Cheese, Sweet Bacon Marmalade,

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish, Basil Oil $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Burgundy Truffle Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Pesto Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Fish N’ Chips

Beer Battered Cod, Red Cabbage Slaw,

Sweet N’ Tangy Tartar Sauce, Fed Fries $15

 

8/18 Lunch

Frito Pie

Mexican Chorizo, Pico de Gallo,

Jalapenos, Cheddar, Tomatillo Sauce, Sour Cream,

Seasoned Corn Chips $10

 

 

Spicy Pimento Wontons (6)

House Spicy Pimento Cheese, Sweet Bacon Marmalade,

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish, Basil Oil $9

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Cucumbers, Roasted Red Peppers,

Pickled Red Onions, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Baja Shrimp Tacos (3)

Sautéed White Shrimp, Bell Peppers.

Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

8/17 Dinner

Fried Gator

Buttermilk Battered Alligator,

Pickled Red Onions, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ $9

 

 

Frito Pie

Mexican Chorizo, Pico de Gallo,

Jalapenos, Cheddar, Tomatillo Sauce, Sour Cream,

Seasoned Corn Chips $10

 

 

Spicy Pimento Wontons (6)

House Spicy Pimento Cheese, Sweet Bacon Marmalade,

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish, Basil Oil $9

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Cucumbers, Roasted Red Peppers,

Pickled Red Onions, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Baja Shrimp Tacos (3)

Sautéed White Shrimp, Bell Peppers.

Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

 

8/17 Lunch

Spicy Pimento Wontons (6)

House Spicy Pimento Cheese, Sweet Bacon Marmalade,

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish, Basil Oil $9

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Cucumbers, Roasted Red Peppers,

Pickled Red Onions, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Sweet Chili Brisket Sliders

Pulled Sweet Chili Braised Brisket,

Pineapple, Memphis Style BBQ Sauce on Brioche Rolls

Served with Crispy Fried Onions & Pickled Watermelon Rind $13

 

 

Baja Shrimp Tacos (3)

Sautéed White Shrimp, Bell Peppers.

Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

 

8/16 Dinner

Spicy Pimento Wontons (6)

House Spicy Pimento Cheese, Sweet Bacon Marmalade,

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish, Basil Oil $9

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Cucumbers, Roasted Red Peppers,

Pickled Red Onions, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Sweet Chili Brisket Sliders

Pulled Sweet Chili Braised Brisket,

Pineapple, Memphis Style BBQ Sauce on Brioche Rolls

Served with Crispy Fried Onions & Pickled Watermelon Rind $13

 

8/16 Lunch

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Rubbed Lamb, Cucumbers, Roasted Red Peppers,

Pickled Red Onions, Arugula, House Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Baja Shrimp Tacos (3)

Sautéed White Shrimp, Bell Peppers.

Red Onion, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

8/15 Dinner

Fried Banana Peppers

Buttermilk Battered Banana Peppers,

Garlic Parsley, Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Stuffed Bell Pepper

Chili Seasoned Ground Beef, Onions, Mushrooms,

Spinach, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella,

Parmesan, Brava Sauce, Warm Pita $8

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Avocado, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Sweet Chili Brisket Sliders

Pulled Sweet Chili Braised Brisket,

Pineapple, Memphis Style BBQ Sauce on Brioche Rolls

Served with Crispy Fried Onions & Pickled Watermelon Rind $13

8/15 Lunch

Fried Banana Peppers

Buttermilk Battered Banana Peppers,

Garlic Parsley, Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Avocado, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Pork Chop Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Pork Chop, Arugula, Tomato,

Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

8/14 Dinner

 

 

Fried Banana Peppers

Buttermilk Battered Banana Peppers,

Garlic Parsley, Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Avocado, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Pork Chop Sandwich

Pan Seared Pork Chop, Purple Cabbage Slaw, Corn & Bell Pepper Relish,

Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

8/13 Dinner

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Stuffed Bell Pepper

Chili Seasoned Ground Beef, Onions, Mushrooms,

Spinach, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella,

Parmesan, Brava Sauce, Warm Pita $9

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Avocado, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Pork Chop Sandwich

Pan Seared Pork Chop, Purple Cabbage Slaw, Corn & Bell Pepper Relish,

Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Nduja Andouille Sausage, Shallots,

Garlic, Sherry, Roasted Duck & Tomato Broth,

Fed Frites $16

8/13 Lunch

 

 

 

Stuffed Bell Pepper

Chili Seasoned Ground Beef, Onions, Mushrooms,

Spinach, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella,

Parmesan, Brava Sauce, Warm Pita $9

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Avocado, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Pork Chop Sandwich

Pan Seared Pork Chop, Purple Cabbage Slaw,

Corn & Bell Pepper Relish, Jalapeño Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tacos (3)

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Barbeque Sauce,

Pico De Gallo, Arugula, Tomatoes on Flour Tortillas

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

8/12 Dinner

 

Chicken Wings (8)

 Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

 With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Stuffed Bell Pepper

Chili Seasoned Ground Beef, Onions, Mushrooms,

Spinach, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella,

Parmesan, Brava Sauce, Warm Pita $9

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Tuscan Salami Sandwich

Tuscan Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with fries or Salad $12

 

 

Buttermilk Pork Chop Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Pork Chop, Purple Cabbage Slaw,

Corn & Bell Pepper Relish on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Nduja Andouille Sausage, Shallots,

 Garlic, Sherry, Roasted Duck & Tomato Broth,

 Fed Frites $16

8/12 Lunch

 

 

 

 

Stuffed Bell Pepper

Chili Seasoned Ground Beef, Onions, Mushrooms,

Spinach, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella,

Parmesan, Brava Sauce, Warm Pita $9

 

 

Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

Garlic Roasted Fingerlings, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Spinach,

Romaine, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Tuscan Salami Sandwich

Tuscan Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with fries or Salad $12

 

 

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tacos (3)

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Barbeque Sauce,

Pico De Gallo, Arugula, Tomatoes on Flour Tortillas

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Elk Sausage Sandwich

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

Red Onions, Sunny Side Egg, Fed Sauce

Served on Cuban Loaf with Fries or Salad $14

8/11 Lunch

Italian Gorgonzola Pita

Aged Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Olive Tapenade,

Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onions,

Smoked Balsamic Vinaigrette $9

 

 

Squash & Zucchini Salad

Roasted Squash & Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Parmesan, Mixed Greens,

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Tuscan Salami Sandwich

Tuscan Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with fries or Salad $12

 

 

Elk Sausage Philly

Elk, Pear, Apple & Port Wine Sausage, Red Cabbage,

Bell Peppers, Shallots, Swiss Arugula on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomatoes on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

8/10 Dinner

Fried Padron Peppers

Funny Girl Farms Padron Peppers, Brava Sauce,

 Himalayan Pink Salt, Feathered Smoked Ricotta $7

 

 

Italian Gorgonzola Pita

Aged Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula, Olive Tapenade,

Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onions,

Smoked Balsamic Vinaigrette $9

 

 

Squash & Zucchini Salad

Roasted Squash & Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Parmesan, Mixed Greens,

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Tuscan Salami Sandwich

Tuscan Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with fries or Salad $12

 

 

Blueberry BBQ Pork Belly Tacos (3)

Blueberry BBQ Braised Pork Belly, Bell Peppers,

Roasted Fingerlings & Sweet Corn, Red Cabbage,

 Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Nduja Andouille Sausage, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Duck & Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $16