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.

3/28 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

 Vietnamese Ginger Chipotle, Buffalo, or

Smoky Barbeque with Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Hummus Pita Pie

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Balsamic Syrup on Toasted Pita $8

 

 

Granny Smith Apple Salad

Sliced Apples, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion,

Feta, Pine Nuts, Arugula, Blueberry Vinaigrette $12

                                                                                                                      

 

Sweet Potato Sandwich

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Spinach,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper 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

 

 

Fiddle Creek Farm Mutton Sliders

Ground Mutton with Smoked Ricotta, Onion Jam, Arugula,

Provolone, Sweet Pickle Remoulade on Brioche Sliders

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

3/26 Dinner

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

 Vietnamese Ginger Chipotle, Buffalo, or

Barbeque with Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Hummus Pita Pie

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Balsamic Syrup on Toasted Pita $8

 

 

Granny Smith Apple Salad

Sliced Apples, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion,

Feta, Pine Nuts, Arugula, Blueberry Vinaigrette $12

                                                                                                                      

 

Roasted Salami and Apricot Panini

Tuscano Salami, Mascarpone Cheese, Parmesan,

Apricot Preserves, Roasted Pepper Jam on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Roasted Atlantic Corvina

Roasted Atlantic Corvina, Funny Girl Farms Bok Choy, Maitake Mushrooms,

 Beech Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Shallots, Meyer Lemon Yuzu Reduction $15

 

Almond Curry Lamb Loin

 Pan Seared Lamb Loin, Sautéed Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Bell Pepper,

 Shallots, Almond Curry Sauce $15

3/26 Lunch

Buffalo Cremini Mushrooms

Buttermilk Battered Cremini Mushrooms, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

Hummus Pita Pie

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Balsamic Syrup on Toasted Pita $8

 

 

Granny Smith Apple Salad

Sliced Apples, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion,

Feta, Pine Nuts, Arugula, Blueberry Vinaigrette $12

                                                                                                                      

 

Roasted Salami and Apricot Panini

Tuscano Salami, Mascarpone Cheese, Parmesan,

Apricot Preserves, Roasted Pepper Jam on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

 

Fickle Creek Farm Mutton Sliders

Ground Mutton with Smoked Ricotta, Onion Jam, Arugula,

Provolone, Sweet Pickle Remoulade on Hawaiian Rolls

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

3/25 Dinner

 

Zucchini Fries

Buttermilk Battered Zucchini,

 Sweet Pickle Remoulade $7

 

 

Hummus Pita Pie

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Balsamic Syrup on Toasted Pita $8

 

 

Granny Smith Apple Salad

Sliced Apples, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion,

Feta, Pine Nuts, Arugula, Blueberry Vinaigrette $12

                                                                                                                      

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Saffron Chablis,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $16

 

Atlantic Corvina

  Pan Seared Corvina, Wild Mushroom Mix, Bell Peppers,

Kale Hearts, Fingerling Potatoes, Poached Meyer Lemon Butter $15

3/24 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

 

Fried Shrimp Wontons

White Shrimp & Tofu Fried in Wonton Wrappers,

Vietnamese Curry Sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce,

Stone Bros Pickled Dilly Beans & Hot Okra $6

 

 

Hummus Pita Pie

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Balsamic Syrup on Toasted Pita $8

 

 

Granny Smith Apple Salad

Sliced Apples, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion,

Feta, Pine Nuts, Arugula, Blueberry Vinaigrette $12

                                                                                                                      

 

Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Fiddle Creek Farm Mutton Sliders

Ground Mutton with Smoked Ricotta, Onion Jam, Arugula,

Provolone, Sweet Pickle Remoulade on Hawaiian Rolls

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

Thai Curry Mussels

Steamed Mussels, Shallots, Garlic, Cilantro,

Crostini, Thai Green Curry Sauce $16

 

 

3/24 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

Hummus Pita Pie

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Balsamic Syrup on Toasted Pita $8

 

 

Granny Smith Apple Salad

Sliced Apples, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion,

Feta, Pine Nuts, Arugula, Blueberry Vinaigrette $12

                                                                                                                      

 

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 Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Fried Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Fried Oysters, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Sweet Pickle Remoulade on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13

3/23 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $8

 

 

                                                              Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider 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

 

 

Stone Chocolate Milk Stout Brisket

Slow Braised Beef Brisket, Butter Braised Brussels Sprouts,

Pickled Okra & Onions, Roasted Garlic Potatoes,

Chocolate Milk Stout Jus $15

 

 

Stuffed Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Filled with Feta, Green Olives & Red Peppers,

Curried Mashed Potatoes, Funny Girl Farm Baby Bok Choy,

Sweet Chili Sauce $16

 

 

3/23 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

                                                             Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider 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 Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Southern Pork Tacos (3)
BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Pickled Okra & Onions,

Collard Greens, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

On Flour Tortillas $13

 

3/22 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Honey Mustard, Buffalo, or Smoky Chipotle

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

                                                               Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider 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 Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Stone Chocolate Milk Stout Brisket

Slow Braised Beef Brisket, Butter Braised Brussels Sprouts,

Pickled Okra & Onions, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes,

Chocolate Milk Stout Jus $15

 

3/22 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

                                                                             Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider 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 Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Southern Pork Tacos (3)
BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Pickled Okra & Onions,

Collard Greens, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

On Flour Tortillas $13

 

3/21 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese Crumbles $7

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

                                                                             Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider Vinaigrette $11

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Stone Chocolate Milk Stout Brisket

Slow Braised Beef Brisket, Butter Braised Brussels Sprouts,

Pickled Okra & Onions, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes,

Chocolate Milk Stout Jus $15

 

 

Vietnamese Style Shrimp

Sautéed White Shrimp, Celery, Wild Mushrooms,

 Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Funny Girl Farms Rainbow Chard,

Vietnamese Curry Sauce $15

 

3/21 Lunch

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

                                                                             Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider Vinaigrette $11

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Southern Pork Tacos (3)
BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Pickled Okra & Onions,

Collard Greens, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

On Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Vietnamese Style Shrimp Linguini

Sautéed White Shrimp, Wild Mushrooms,

Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Funny Girl Farms Rainbow Chard,

Vietnamese Curry Sauce, House Linguini $15

 

3/20 Dinner

 

Jamaican Beef Pattie (2)

Traditional Pastry Dough Filled with

Curried Ground Beef Onion & Garlic,

Sweet Chili & Charred Onion Jam $8

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

                                                                             Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Bell Pepper, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider Vinaigrette $11

 

 

B.L.A.

Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Vietnamese Style Local NC Shrimp

Sautéed White Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Celery,

 Wild Mushrooms, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Funny Girl Farms Rainbow Chard, Vietnamese Curry Sauce $16

 

Southern Pork Tacos
Pork Tenderloin, Collard Greens, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

                                                              Pickled Okra & Onions, Tomato $14

3/19 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                                       

 

 

Jamaican Beef Pattie (2)

Flaky Pastry Dough Filled with

Curried Ground Beef Onion & Garlic,

Sweet Chili & Charred Onion Jam $8

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

                                                                             Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Bell Pepper, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider Vinaigrette $11

 

 

B.L.A.

Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

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

 

 

NC Shrimp & Sausage Risotto

Sautéed White Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Celery,

Saffron Risotto, Button Mushrooms, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Parmesan, Spinach Pomodoro Sauce $16

 

3/18 Dinner

Chicken Wings (8)

Honey Mustard, Buffalo, or Smoky Chipotle with Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

  Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Bell Pepper, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider Vinaigrette $11

 

 

B.L.A.

Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Oyster Linguini

Pan Seared Oysters, Red Onion, Double Smoked Bacon,

King Oyster& Beech Mushrooms, Garlic Parsley, Parmesan,

Lemon, Red Pepper Flakes, House Linguini $14

 

 

NC Shrimp & Sausage Risotto

Sautéed White Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Celery,

Saffron Risotto, Button Mushrooms, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Parmesan, Spinach Pomodoro Sauce $16

 

 

3/18 Brunch

 

 

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

                                                                            Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beets, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Bell Pepper, Toasted Almonds, Mixed Greens,

Apple Cider Vinaigrette $11

 

 

B.L.A.

Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

 

Buttermilk Fried Sea Bass

Buttermilk Battered Sea Bass, Pickled Red Onions, Romaine Lettuce,

Tomato, Pickled Okra, Jalapeño Aioli $13

3/17 Dinner

Specials

                                                                                         

 

 

Jamaican Beef Pattie (2)

Flaky Pastry Dough Filled with

Curried Ground Beef Onion & Garlic,

Sweet Chili & Onion Jam $8

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

Grape & Strawberry Salad

Grapes, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Arugula,

Strawberry Vinaigrette $11

 

 

B.L.A.

Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Seven Grain Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Oyster Linguini

Pan Seared Oysters, Red Onion, Double Smoked Bacon,

King Oyster Mushrooms, Garlic Parsley, Parmesan,

Lemon, Red Pepper Flakes, House Linguini $14

 

 

NC Shrimp & Sausage Risotto

Sautéed White Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Celery,

Saffron Risotto, Button Mushrooms, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Parmesan, Spinach Pomodoro Sauce $16

 

 

 

3/17 Lunch

Specials

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

Grape & Strawberry Salad

Grapes, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Arugula,

Strawberry Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Carolina BBQ Brisket Sandwich

Chipotle BBQ Braised Brisket, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion,

Swiss, Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chorizo Tacos (3)

Pork Chorizo, Beech Mushrooms,

Red Onion, Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Arugula,

Sweet Chili Crema on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

3/16 Dinner

Specials

 

 

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Honey Mustard, Buffalo, or Smoky Chipotle

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

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

 

 

Grape & Strawberry Salad

Grapes, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Arugula,

Strawberry Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Carolina BBQ Brisket Sandwich

Chipotle BBQ Braised Brisket, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion,

Swiss, Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chorizo Tacos (3)

Pork Chorizo, Beech Mushrooms,

Red Onion, Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Arugula,

Sweet Chili Crema on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

NC Shrimp & Sausage Risotto

Sautéed White Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Celery,

Saffron Risotto, Button Mushrooms, Red Onion, Bell Peppers,

Parmesan, Spinach Pomodoro Sauce $16

 

3/16 Lunch

Specials

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squash & Cucumber Fries

Lightly Breaded Squash & Cucumber Fries,

Pickled Red Onion, Pickled Okra Remoulade $7

 

 

Grape & Strawberry Salad

Grapes, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion,

Goat Cheese, Roast Walnuts, Arugula,

Strawberry Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Carolina BBQ Brisket Sandwich

Chipotle BBQ Braised Brisket, Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion,

Swiss, Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chorizo Tacos (3)

Pork Chorizo, Beech Mushrooms,

Red Onion, Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Arugula,

Sweet Chili Crema on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Striped Bass Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Bass, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Pickled Okra Remoulade on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15