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.

10/23 dinner

 

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes

With Fed Sauce $8

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Fuji Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Brisket Sandwich

                                                          Slow Roasted Brisket, Smoked Mozzarella,

 Arugula, French Dip Jus on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

10/22 Dinner

 

 

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes

With Fed Sauce $8

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Fuji Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

 White Shrimp Tacos (3)

Marinated White Shrimp, Bell Peppers,

Red Onions, Rainbow Chard,

Pico De Gallo on Flour Tortillas $13

10/22 Dinner

 

 

Fried Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower

With Fed Sauce $8

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Fuji Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Pork Belly Tacos

Roasted Pork Belly, Bell Peppers,

 Arugula, Potatoes, Lime Chipotle Crema $12
 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

10/21 lunch

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes

With Fed Sauce $8

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Fuji Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Pork Belly Tacos

Roasted Pork Belly, Bell Peppers,

 Arugula, Potatoes, Lime Chipotle Crema $12
 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

10/20 Lunch

 

 

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes

With Fed Sauce $8

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Fuji Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Bison Mac’s

Seasoned Bison, Smoked Mozzarella, Russian Dressing,

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish on Hawaiian Rolls

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

10/19 Dinner

 

 

 

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichokes

With Fed Sauce $8

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Fuji Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Chipotle Lime Crema on Cuban Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

10/19 Lunch

 

Zucchini Fries

Lightly Battered Zucchini with Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Fuji Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Chipotle Lime Crema on Cuban Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

10/18 Dinner

 

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Granny Smith Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Roasted Pork Belly

Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Carrots, Onions,

Rainbow Chard, Fingerling Potatoes,

Lagunitas Sakitumi Jus $15

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

10/18 Lunch

 

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Granny Smith Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Cuban Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

Baltimore Style Crab Cake, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

10/17 Dinner

 

 

Duck Liver & Jasmine Tea Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Granny Smith Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Roasted Pork Belly

Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Carrots, Onions,

Rainbow Chard, Fingerling Potatoes,

Lagunitas Sakitumi Jus $15

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

Baltimore Style Crabcake, Romaine,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

10/17 Lunch

 

 

 

Duck Liver & Jasmine Tea Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Granny Smith Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Duck Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Bell Peppers,

Red Onions, Arugula, Chipotle Lime Crema

On Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Cuban Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $13

10/16 Dinner

 

Duck Liver & Jasmine Tea Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Granny Smith Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

4 Chili Pork Cheek Tacos (3)

Slow Braised Pork Cheek, House Guacamole,

Pickled Red Onions, Cilantro, Sour Cream

On Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

  Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

10/15 Dinner

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Duck Liver & Jasmine Tea Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Arugula Salad

 Cherry Tomatoes, Granny Smith Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

4 Chili Pork Cheek Tacos (3)

Slow Braised Pork Cheek, House Guacamole,

Pickled Red Onions, Cilantro, Sour Cream

On Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Cherry Tomatoes,

Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Shallots,

Honey Balsamic Sauce $16

 

 

10/15 Lunch

 

 

Duck Liver & Jasmine Tea Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Arugula Salad

 Cherry Tomatoes, Granny Smith Apples,

Cucumbers, Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Honey Mint Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Pineapple Sandwich

Roasted Pineapple, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon,

Pickled Red Onions, Swiss, Arugula, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Chili Rubbed Chicken Tostadas (3)

Shredded Chicken, Romaine,

Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Tomatillo Sauce

Sour Cream on Tostada Shells $12

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

10/14 Dinner

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Duck Liver & Jasmine Tea Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Fall Salad

Pickled Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts,

Mixed Greens, White Wine-Honey Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

 Red Onion, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Chicken Pozole Tostadas (3)

Slow Roasted Chicken, Romaine,

Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Tomatillo Sauce

Sour Cream on Tostada Shells $12

 

 

Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Cherry Tomatoes,

Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Shallots,

Honey Balsamic Sauce $16

 

9/14 Saturday Lunch

 

 

Duck Liver & Jasmine Tea Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Fall Salad

Pickled Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts,

Mixed Greens, White Wine-Honey Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

 Red Onion, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Flank Steak & Egg Tacos (3)

Marinated Flank Steak, Sunny-side up Eggs.

, Pico de Gallo, Arugula,

Chipotle Lime Sauce                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

10/13 Dinner

 

Duck Liver & Jasmine Tea 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

 

 

Fall Salad

Pickled Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts,

Mixed Greens, White Wine-Honey Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

 Red Onion, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


 

Elk Sausage Sandwich

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

Red Onions, Button Mushrooms, Arugula, Sweet Chili Aioli on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Cherry Tomatoes,

Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Shallots,

Honey Balsamic Sauce $16

10/13 Lunch

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Fall Salad

Pickled Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts,

Mixed Greens, White Wine-Honey Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

 Red Onion, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


 

Jalapeno-Lime Steak Tacos (3)

Jalapeno-Lime Marinated Flank Steak, Sour Cream,

Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Arugula, Queso Fresco,

House Tomatillo Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Elk Sausage Sandwich

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

Red Onions, Button Mushrooms, Arugula, Sweet Chili Aioli on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

10/12 Dinner

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Fall Salad

Pickled Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts,

Mixed Greens, White Wine-Honey Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

 Red Onion, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Tomatillo Sauce,

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Swiss, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Duck Confit Sandwich

Pulled Confit Duck Leg, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Arugula,

Jalapeno Garlic Dills, Sweet Chili Aioli on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $14

 

10/12 Lunch

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Fall Salad

Pickled Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes,

Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Roasted Walnuts,

Mixed Greens, White Wine-Honey Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

 Red Onion, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12


 

Thai Shrimp Tacos (3)

Sautéed White Shrimp, Shallots,

Red’s Farm Bok Choy, Cauliflower, Almonds,

Spicy Ginger & Basil Thai Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Elk Sausage Sandwich

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

Red Onions, Button Mushrooms, Arugula, Sweet Chili Aioli on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13