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.

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

 

 

5/22 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 Sloppy Joe

Vegan Impossible Sloppy Joe Mix, Creamy Coconut Cashew Slaw,

Stone Bros. Spicy Dill Pickles, Bell Peppers, Onions, Romaine on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

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

 

 

 

5/20 Dinner

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, Korean BBQ

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Sweet Corn Summer Salad

NC Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Green Goddess Dressing $11

                                                                                        

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Braised Lamb, Red Onion, Tomatoes,

Cucumber, Romaine, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Impossible Sloppy Joe

Vegan Impossible Sloppy Joe Mix, Creamy Coconut Cashew Slaw,

Stone Bros. Spicy Dill Pickles, Bell Peppers, Onions, Romaine on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

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

 

 

 

5/20 Lunch

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese $7

 

 

Sweet Corn Summer Salad

NC Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Green Goddess Dressing $11

                                                                                        

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Braised Lamb, Red Onion, Tomatoes,

Cucumber, Romaine, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Impossible Sloppy Joe

Vegan Impossible Sloppy Joe Mix, Creamy Coconut Cashew Slaw,

Stone Bros. Spicy Dill Pickles, Bell Peppers, Onions, Romaine on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

 

5/19 Dinner

 

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese $7

 

 

Sweet Corn Summer Salad

NC Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Green Goddess Dressing $11

                                                                                        

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Braised Lamb, Red Onion, Tomatoes,

Cucumber, Romaine, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Impossible Sloppy Joe

Vegan Impossible Sloppy Joe Mix, Creamy Coconut Cashew Slaw,

Stone Bros. Spicy Dill Pickles, Bell Peppers, Onions, Romaine on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

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

 

 

 

5/18 Dinner

 

Habanero Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese with Ashe County Habanero Cheddar

Corn Tortillas Chips $7

 

 

Sweet Corn Summer Salad

NC Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Green Goddess Dressing $11

                                                                                        

 

Lamb Gyro

Moroccan Braised Lamb, Red Onion, Tomatoes,

Cucumber, Romaine, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Impossible Sloppy Joe

Vegan Impossible Sloppy Joe Mix, Creamy Coconut Cashew Slaw,

Stone Bros. Spicy Dill Pickles, Bell Peppers, Onions, Romaine on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

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

 

 

 

5/18 Lunch

 

 

Habanero Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese with Ashe County Habanero Cheddar

Corn Tortillas Chips $7

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Sweet Corn Summer Salad

NC Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Green Goddess Dressing $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion,

 Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Herbed Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Impossible Sloppy Joe

Vegan Impossible Sloppy Joe Mix, Creamy Coconut Cashew Slaw,

Stone Bros. Spicy Dill Pickles, Bell Peppers, Onions, Romaine on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

 

5/17 Dinner

 

Habanero Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese with Ashe County Habanero Cheddar

Corn Tortillas Chips $7

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Sweet Corn Summer Salad

NC Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Green Goddess Dressing $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion,

 Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Herbed Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Roast Chicken Alfredo

Roast Chicken Breast, Asparagus,

Mushrooms, Spinach, Shallots, Garlic,

Alfredo Sauce & Spaghetti Noodles $14

 

 

Impossible Sloppy Joe

Vegan Impossible Sloppy Joe Mix, Creamy Coconut Cashew Slaw,

Stone Bros. Spicy Dill Pickles, Bell Peppers, Onions, Romaine on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

5/17 Lunch

 

 

Habanero Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese with Ashe County Habanero Cheddar

Corn Tortillas Chips $7

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Sweet Corn Summer Salad

NC Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Green Goddess Dressing $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion,

 Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Herbed Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

Chili Braised Pork Cheek Tacos (3)

Slow Braised Pork Cheek, Pico de Gallo, Queso Fresco,

Red Chimichurri Sauce, Romaine on Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Impossible Sloppy Joe

Vegan Impossible Sloppy Joe Mix, Creamy Coconut Cashew Slaw,

Stone Bros. Spicy Dill Pickles, Bell Peppers, Onions, Romaine on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

 

5/16 Dinner

 

Habanero Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese with Ashe County Habanero Cheddar

Corn Tortillas Chips $7

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Sweet Corn Summer Salad

NC Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Green Goddess Dressing $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion,

 Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Herbed Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Impossible Sloppy Joe

Vegan Impossible Sloppy Joe Mix, Creamy Coconut Cashew Slaw,

Stone Bros. Spicy Dill Pickles, Bell Peppers, Onions, Romaine on an Italian Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

Roast Chicken Alfredo

Roast Chicken Breast, Asparagus,

Mushrooms, Spinach, Shallots, Garlic,

Alfredo Sauce & Spaghetti Noodles $14

 

5/16 Lunch

 

 

Habanero Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese with Ashe County Habanero Cheddar

Corn Tortillas Chips $7

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Sweet Corn Summer Salad

NC Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Green Goddess Dressing $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion,

 Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Herbed Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with fries or Salad $13

5/15 Dinner

 

Habanero Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese with Ashe County Habanero Cheddar

Corn Tortillas Chips $7

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Garden Radish Salad

Watermelon & Red Radish, Cucumber, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Spinach,

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Mushrooms,

Smoked Gouda, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Rosemary Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sandwich

Sliced BBQ Braised Brisket, Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce,

Creamy Coleslaw, Ashe County Habanero Pimento Cheese on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Roast Chicken Alfredo

Roast Chicken Breast, Asparagus,

Mushrooms, Spinach, Shallots, Garlic,

Alfredo Sauce & Spaghetti Noodles $14

5/15 Lunch

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Garden Radish Salad

Watermelon & Red Radish, Cucumber, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Spinach,

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Mushrooms,

Smoked Gouda, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Rosemary Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Spicy Bison Sliders

Ground Bison, Ashe County Habanero Pimento Cheese,

Whiskey Onions, Stone Bros. Spicy Dills on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

5/13 Dinner

 

Habanero Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese with Ashe County Habanero Cheddar

Corn Tortillas Chips $7

 

 

Garden Radish Salad

Watermelon & Red Radish, Cucumber, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Spinach,

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Mushrooms,

Smoked Gouda, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Rosemary Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Spicy Bison Sliders

Ground Bison, Ashe County Habanero Pimento Cheese,

Whiskey Onions, Stone Bros. Spicy Dills on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Pineapple Pork Cheek Tacos (3)

Sweet Chili Braised Pork Cheek, Pineapple, Onions,

Cilantro, Tomatillo Sauce, Queso Fresco

On Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

5/13 Lunch

 

 

Chicken Liver & Caramelized Onion Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Garden Radish Salad

Watermelon & Red Radish, Cucumber, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Spinach,

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Mushrooms,

Smoked Gouda, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Rosemary Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Wild Boar Hoagie

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Mushrooms, Romaine,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar Pimento Cheese, Jalapeno Aioli, on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

 

 

5/12 Lunch

 

Chicken Liver & Caramelized Onion Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Garden Radish Salad

Watermelon & Red Radish, Cucumber, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes,

 Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Spinach,

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette $11

                                                                                        

 

Tuscano Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Mushrooms,

Smoked Gouda, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Rosemary Focaccia

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Wild Boar Hoagie

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Mushrooms, Romaine,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar Pimento Cheese, Jalapeno Aioli, on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14