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.

4/22 Lunch

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Pita & Brie Bake

Danish Brie, Caramelized Red Onions,

Sautéed Spinach, Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup

On Toasted Pita $9

 

 

Feta Cheese Salad

Feta Cheese, Carrots, Bell Peppers,

Walnut, Cherry Tomato, Arugula,

 Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

  

 

Salami Sandwich

Tuscan Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Walnut Pesto Aioli, Provolone on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Italian ‘Nduja Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato & Duck Broth, Fed Frites $16

 

 

4/21

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Pita & Brie Bake

Danish Brie, Caramelized Red Onions,

Sautéed Spinach, Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup

On Toasted Pita $9

 

 

Crispy Pork Belly Salad

Crispy Pork Belly, Carrots, Bell Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Arugula,

 Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Italian ‘Nduja Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato & Duck Broth, Fed Frites $16

 

 

Fresh Jumbo Scallops

Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops, Shallots, Sautéed Collards,

Cherry Tomatoes, Button Mushrooms, Bourbon Shrimp & Bacon Gravy $16

4/21 Lunch

Specials

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Pita & Brie Bake

Danish Brie, Caramelized Red Onions,

Sautéed Spinach, Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup

On Toasted Pita $9

 

 

Crispy Pork Belly Salad

Crispy Pork Belly, Carrots, Bell Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Arugula,

 Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Salami Sandwich

Tuscan Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion,

Walnut Pesto Aioli, Provolone on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

4/20 Dinner

Specials

 

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Pita & Brie Bake

Danish Brie, Caramelized Red Onions,

Sautéed Spinach, Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup

On Toasted Pita $9

 

 

Crispy Pork Belly Salad

Crispy Pork Belly, Carrots, Bell Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Arugula,

 Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Italian ‘Nduja Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato & Duck Broth, Fed Frites $16

 

 

Fresh Jumbo Scallops

Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops, Shallots, Sautéed Collards,

Cherry Tomatoes, Button Mushrooms, Bourbon Shrimp & Bacon Gravy $16

 

4/19 Dinner

Specials

 

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Pita & Brie Bake

Danish Brie, Caramelized Red Onions,

Sautéed Spinach, Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup

On Toasted Pita $9

 

 

Crispy Pork Belly Salad

Crispy Pork Belly, Carrots, Bell Peppers,

Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Arugula,

 Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Italian ‘Nduja Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato & Duck Broth, Fed Frites $16

 

 

Fresh Jumbo Scallops

Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops, Shallots, Sautéed Collards,

Cherry Tomatoes, Bourbon Bacon Gravy $16

 

4/18 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                         

 

Pita & Brie Bake

Danish Brie, Caramelized Onions,

Sautéed Spinach, Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup

On Toasted Pita $9

 

 

Sweet Chili Gator Bites

Buttermilk Battered Alligator,

Ginger, Garlic, Sweet Chili Hoisin $9

 

 

BBQ Tofu Salad

Roasted BBQ Tofu, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers,

 Sautéed Beech & King Oyster Mushrooms,

 Roasted Asparagus, Arugula, Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Red Wine & Spice Braised Pork Belly

Slow Braised Pork Belly, Bell Peppers, Red Onion,

Brussels Sprouts, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Wine Jus $15

 

 

Fresh Jumbo Scallops

Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops, Shallots, Sautéed Collards,

Cherry Tomatoes, Bourbon Bacon Gravy $16

4/18 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Sweet Chili Hoisin, Buffalo, or Jamaican Curry

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

BBQ Tofu Salad

Roasted BBQ Tofu, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers,

 Sautéed Beech & King Oyster Mushrooms,

 Roasted Asparagus, Arugula, Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Asian BBQ Shrimp Tacos (3)

BBQ Shrimp, Kim Chi, Arugula, Red Onion,

Bell Peppers, Asian BBQ Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13

4/17 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

 

 

Sweet Chili Gator Bites

Buttermilk Battered Alligator,

Ginger, Garlic, Sweet Chili Hoisin $9

 

 

BBQ Tofu Salad

Roasted BBQ Tofu, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers,

 Sautéed Beech & King Oyster Mushrooms,

 Roasted Asparagus, Arugula, Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Russian Dressing on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Trout Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Rainbow Trout, Red Onion,

Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw, Chipotle Crema on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

Red Wine & Spice Braised Pork Belly

Slow Braised Pork Belly, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes,

Sautéed Collards, Butter Braised Brussels Sprouts,

Red Wine Jus $15

 

4/16 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

Cucumber Bites (3)

Cucumber Rounds Filled With

Herbed Cream Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes

Balsamic Syrup $5

 

 

BBQ Tofu Salad

Roasted BBQ Tofu, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers,

 Sautéed Beech & King Oyster Mushrooms,

 Roasted Asparagus, Arugula, Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

BBQ Pork Stir-fry

BBQ Pork Chop, Cauliflower, Red Onion,

Bell Peppers, Braised Brussels Sprouts, Korean BBQ,

Over Jasmine Rice $14

 

 

Fresh NC Rainbow Trout

Pan Seared Trout, Green Olives,

Sun Dried Tomatoes, Quinoa Tabouleh Salad

Lemon Balsamic Sauce $15

 

4/16 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

Cucumber Bites (3)

Cucumber Rounds Filled With

Herbed Cream Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes

Balsamic Syrup $5

 

 

BBQ Tofu Salad

Roasted BBQ Tofu, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers,

 Sautéed Beech & King Oyster Mushrooms,

 Roasted Asparagus, Arugula, Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

Short Rib Scramble

Captain Stout Braised Short Rib

Scrambled Duck Eggs, Corn & Black Bean Pico de Gallo,

Chipotle Crema $14

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

4/15 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

Cucumber Bites (3)

Cucumber Rounds Filled With

Herbed Cream Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes

Balsamic Syrup $5

 

 

Zucchini Fries

Buttermilk Battered Zucchini,

Fed Sauce $7

 

 

BBQ Tofu Salad

Roasted BBQ Tofu, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers,

 Sautéed Beech & King Oyster Mushrooms,

 Roasted Asparagus, Arugula, Lemongrass Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

BBQ Pork Chop Sandwich

Pan Seared BBQ Pork Chop, Arugula,

Blue Cheese, Balsamic Blueberry Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

Fresh NC Rainbow Trout

Pan Seared Trout, Green Olives,

Sun Dried Tomatoes, Quinoa Tabouleh Salad

Lemon Balsamic Sauce $15

4/14 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

 

Zucchini Fries

Buttermilk Battered Zucchini,

Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

BBQ Pork Chop Sandwich

Pan Seared BBQ Pork Chop, Arugula,

Blue Cheese, Balsamic Blueberry Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

NC Rainbow Trout Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Trout,

Tangy Coleslaw, Jalapeno Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

4/13 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

 

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

Apricot Preserves, French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

BBQ Pork Chop Sandwich

Pan Seared BBQ Pork Chop, Arugula,

Blue Cheese, Balsamic Blueberry Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

Fresh NC Rainbow Trout

Pan Seared Trout, Green Olives,

Sun Dried Tomatoes, Quinoa Tabouleh Salad

Lemon Balsamic Sauce $15

4/13 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

 

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

Apricot Preserves, French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

BBQ Pork Chop Sandwich

Pan Seared BBQ Pork Chop, Arugula,

Blue Cheese, Balsamic Blueberry Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

 

4/12 Dinner

 

 

Zucchini Fries

Buttermilk Battered Zucchini,

Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

Apricot Preserves, French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

                                                                                                                          

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

 Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

BBQ Pork Chop Sandwich

Pan Seared BBQ Pork Chop, Arugula,

Blue Cheese, Balsamic Blueberry Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

Alpine Captain Stout Short Rib

Slow Braised Short Rib, Asparagus,

Bell Peppers, Jasmine Rice,

 Alpine Captain Stout Jus $16

4/12 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

Apricot Preserves, French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Vietnamese Curry, Buffalo, or Smoky Chipotle

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

                                                                                                                          

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

 Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

 

4/11 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

 

Zucchini Fries

Buttermilk Battered Zucchini,

 Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

                                                                                                                          

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

 Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

 Ahi Tuna Burger

Rare Seared Ahi Tuna Belly, Arugula, Tomato, Pickled Onion,

 Lemongrass Sweet Chili Ginger Glaze on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $16

 

4/10 Dinner

 

Zucchini Fries

Buttermilk Battered Zucchini, Fed Sauce $6

 

 

Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

                                                                                                                          

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

 Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

 Rare Ahi Tuna Belly Burger

Ground Ahi Tuna Belly, Lemongrass Sweet Chili Ginger Glaze,

Arugula, Pickled Onion Served on Brioche

With Fries or Salad $16

 

Oyster Po’ Boy

Fried Oysters, Lettuce, Tomato,

Onion, Jalapeño Aioli on Broche

Served with Fries or Salad $12

4/9 Dinner

Short Rib & Goat Cheese Wontons (3)

Slow roasted Short Rib, Tangy Goat Cheese

 Sweet Chili & Lemongrass Sauce $6

 

 

Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

                                                                                                                          

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

 Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Wild Boar Alfredo

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Bell Peppers,

Shallots, Funny Girl Farms Kale Hearts,

Alfredo Sauce, House Linguini $15

 

 

 Rare Ahi Tuna Belly Burgers

Ground Ahi Tuna Belly, Pineapple Red Pepper Salsa,

Arugula, Fed Sauce, Pickled Onion Served on Brioche

With Fries or Salad $16

4/9 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                         

                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Vietnamese Curry, Buffalo, or BBQ

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Spring Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Feta,

Roast Walnuts, Arugula, Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $11

 

                                                                                                                          

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

 Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Roast Lamb Tacos (3)

Herb Roasted Lamb Leg, Red Onion,

Bell Peppers, Pineapple & Red Pepper Relish,

Jus Sauce, Arugula on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14