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.

12/10 Dinner

 

 

 

 

Italian Meatballs (3)

Herb Roasted Meatballs, Parmesan,

Breadcrumbs, Marinara $5

 

 

Honeydew Melon Salad

Honeydew Melon, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

Red Onion, Peppered Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Honey Basil Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chorizo Risotto

 Spanish Chorizo, Saffron Risotto, Spinach

Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Beech Mushrooms $14

12/9 Dinner

Italian Meatballs (3)

Herb Roasted Meatballs, Parmesan,

Breadcrumbs, Marinara $5

 

 

Honeydew Melon Salad

Honeydew Melon, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

Red Onion, Peppered Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Honey Basil Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Sweet Potato “Reuben”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on NY Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

 Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Siracha Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

Shrimp & Chorizo Risotto

White Shrimp, Spanish Chorizo, Saffron Risotto,

Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Beech Mushrooms $16

12/9 Lunch

 

 

 

Zucchini Fries

Lightly Battered Zucchini with Fed Sauce $7

Add Cheddar & Bacon $2

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Mixed Greens, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

White Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

 

Spicy Sausage Egg & Cheddar Sandwich

Spicy Sausage Patties, Over Easy Eggs,

 Ashe County Cheddar Cheese, Stone Bros Habanero Relish,  

On Hoagie Roll with Fries or Salad $13

12/8 Dinner

 

 

Zucchini Fries

Lightly Battered Zucchini with Fed Sauce $7

Add Cheddar & Bacon $2

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Mixed Greens, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

White Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

 Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Siracha Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

Shrimp & Chorizo Risotto

White Shrimp, Spanish Chorizo, Saffron Risotto,

Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Beech Mushrooms $14

12/8 Lunch

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Mixed Greens, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

BBQ Fried Pork Chop Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Pork Chop, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

12/7 Dinner

Zucchini Fries

Lightly Battered Zucchini with Fed Sauce $7

Add Cheddar & Bacon $2

 

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Mixed Greens, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Buffalo Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion on a Hoagie Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

 Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Sriracha Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

12/7 Lunch

 

Zucchini Fries

Lightly Battered Zucchini with Fed Sauce $7

Add Cheddar & Bacon $2

 

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Mixed Greens, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

 Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Sriracha Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

12/6 Dinner

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Mixed Greens, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Korean BBQ Tacos (3)

Marinated Flank Steak, Kim Chi, Fresh Jalapenos,

Arugula, Sweet Chili Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Crab Cakes (2)

Baltimore Style Crab Cakes, Arugula,

Lemon, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sriracha Aioli $16

12/6 Lunch

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Mixed Greens, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

BBQ Fried Pork Chop Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Pork Chop, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

12/5 Dinner

 

 

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Mixed Greens, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Bronzini Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Bronzini, Bell Peppers,

House Tomatillo Sauce & Pico de Gallo,

Romaine on Flour Tortillas $13

  

 

Country Pork Chops

Pan Fried Pork Chops, Mashed Sweet Potatoes,

Sautéed Green Beans, Pan Sauce $14

12/5 Lunch

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

 Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Bronzini Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Bronzini, Bell Peppers,

House Tomatillo Sauce & Pico de Gallo,

Romaine on Flour Tortillas $13

  

 

 

12/4 Dinner

 

 Buffalo Crimini Mushroom

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushroom, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese $8

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

BBQ Fried Pork Chop Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Pork Chop, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

 Bronzini La Puntanesca

Pan Seared Bronzini, Kalamata Olives, Capers, Garlic,

White Wine, Roasted Potatoes,

 Organic Beech Mushrooms, Yuzu Tobikko $16

  

12/3 Dinner

 

 

 

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

White Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

BBQ Fried Pork Chop Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Pork Chop, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

 Bronzini La Puntanesca

Pan Seared Branzini, Kalamata Olives, Capers, Garlic,

White Wine, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes,

 Organic Beech Mushrooms, Yuzu Tobikko $16

  

12/2 Dinner

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

White Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

BBQ Fried Pork Chop Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Pork Chop, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

 Bronzini La Puntanesca

Pan Seared Branzini, Kalamata Olives, Capers, Garlic,

White Wine, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes,

 Organic King Trumpet Mushrooms, Yuzu Tobikko $16

12/2 Lunch

 

 

 

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

White Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

Spicy Sausage Egg & Cheddar Sandwich

Spicy Sausage Patties, Over Easy Eggs,

 Ashe County Cheddar Cheese, Stone Bros Habanero Relish,  

On Hoagie Roll with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

12/1 Dinner

 

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

White Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

BBQ Fried Pork Chop Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Pork Chop, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato & Duck Broth,

 Fed Frites $16

 

 

 

12/1 Lunch

 

Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

White Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Arugula, Tomato,

Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

11/30 Dinner

Zucchini Fries Lightly Battered Zucchini

With Fed Sauce $7

Add Cheddar & Bacon $2

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

White Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

BBQ Fried Pork Chop Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Pork Chop, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato & Duck Broth,

 Fed Frites $16

 

 

 

11/30 Lunch

Zucchini Fries Lightly Battered Zucchini

With Fed Sauce $7

Add Cheddar & Bacon $2

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Spicy Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

Shrimp & Local Chorizo Tacos (3)

White Shrimp, Mexican Chorizo, Romaine,

House Pico de Gallo & Tomatillo Sauce,

Sour Cream on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

 Buffalo Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

 Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

11/29 Dinner

 

 

 

Zucchini Fries Lightly Battered Zucchini

With Fed Sauce $7

Add Cheddar & Bacon $2

 

 

Lemon Caper Salad

Roasted Fingerlings, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrot,

Funny Girl Farm Icicle Radish, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Spicy Bacon & Cheddar Melt

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Jalapeño Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11

 

 

Local Chorizo Tacos (3)

Mexican Chorizo, Romaine,

House Pico de Gallo & Tomatillo Sauce,

Sour Cream on Flour Tortillas $11

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato & Duck Broth,

 Fed Frites $16