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.

1/19 Dinner

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Lardon Pâté

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Feta & Balsamic Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, Toasted Almonds,

 Mixed Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette $11

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Jamaican Beef Patty

Jamaican Curry Seasoned Ground Beef,

Onions, Peppers in a Pastry Crust,

Arugula Salad $13

 

1/19 Lunch

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Chicken Liver & Lardon Pâté

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Feta & Balsamic Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, Toasted Almonds,

 Mixed Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette $11

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Arugula,

Tomato, Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

1/18 Dinner

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

  Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche $14

 

 

Old 38 Stout Braised Brisket Sandwich

Pulled Brisket, Arugula, Red Onion, Tomato,

Provolone, Chipotle Blueberry BBQ Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

1/17 Lunch

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

  Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche $14

 

 

1/16 Dinner

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

  Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche $14

 

 

Old 38 Stout Braised Brisket

Slow Braised Stout, Bell Peppers, Asparagus,

Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Stout Gravy $15

1/14/2018 Dinner

 

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

  Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche $14

 

 

Old 38 Stout Braised Brisket

Slow Braised Stout, Bell Peppers, Asparagus,

Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Stout Gravy $15

1/14 Lunch

Chicken Wings (8)

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or Chipotle Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

 

1/13/18 Dinner

 

 

Zucchini Fries

Lightly Battered Zucchini with Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Duck Liver Pâté

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Chicken, Sweet & Spicy Cole Slaw,

Blueberry Barbeque Sauce on Brioche

With Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Spicy Salami Risotto

‘Njula Spicy Salami, Spanish Chorizo

Spinach, Red Onion, Pimentos, Parmesan,

Arborio Rice $14

1/13/18 Lunch

 

 

Duck Liver Pâté

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

 Three Egg Cheddar Cheese Curd Omelet

Cheddar Cheese Curds, Arugula,

Farm Eggs, Crispy Potatoes $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

1/12 Dinner

Zucchini Fries

Lightly Battered Zucchini with Fed Sauce $7

 

 

Duck Liver Pâté

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Shrimp & Spicy Salami Risotto

White Shrimp, ‘Njula Spicy Salami,

Spinach, Red Onion, Pimentos, Parmesan,

Arborio Rice $14

 

 

Beer Battered Fish & Chips

Bells Two Hearted Ale Battered Cod,

Sweet & Spicy Cole Slaw,

Fed Sauce, Fed Fries $15

 

1/12 Lunch

 

 

 

 

Duck Liver Pâté

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $7

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Romaine, Tomato,

 Red Onion, Provolone, Chipotle Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

1/11 Dinner

Duck Liver Pâté

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $7

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

 Fish & Chips

Bells Two Hearted Ale Battered Cod,

Sweet & Spicy Cole Slaw,

Fed Fries $14

   

 

Short Rib Pot Roast

Braised Short Rib, Carrots,

Potato, Celery, Onions,

 Bordelaise Sauce $15

1/11 Lunch

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $7

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

B.L.A.

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

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Swiss on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Bison Sliders (2)

Seasoned Bison Patties, Provolone,

Arugula, Tomato, Fed Sauce on Brioche Sliders

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Steak Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Flank Steak, Pico de Gallo,

Tomatillo Sauce, Sour Cream, Cilantro,

Romaine on Corn Tortillas $13

Add Gaucamole $1

 

1/10 Dinner

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $7

 

 

Three Meat Chili

Elk Sausage, Bacon Sausage, Beef, Tomatoes,

Sweet Corn, Onions, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas,

Corn Chips, Cheddar, Sour Cream $5/7

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Spicy Salami Sandwich

Spicy Calabrese Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Avocado,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Bison Sliders (2)

Seasoned Bison Patties, Provolone,

Arugula, Tomato, Fed Sauce on Brioche Sliders

Served with Fries or Salad $13

1/10 Lunch

 

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $7

 

 

Three Meat Chili

Elk Sausage, Bacon Sausage, Beef, Tomatoes,

Sweet Corn, Onions, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas,

Corn Chips, Cheddar, Sour Cream $5/7

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Spicy Salami Sandwich

Spicy Calabrese Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Avocado,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Bison Sliders (2)

Seasoned Bison Patties, Provolone,

Arugula, Tomato, Fed Sauce on Brioche Sliders

Served with Fries or Salad $13

1/9 Dinner

Fried Cheese Curds

Buttermilk Battered White Cheese Curds,

Fed Sauce $6

 

 

Three Meat Chili

Elk Sausage, Bacon Sausage, Beef, Tomatoes,

Sweet Corn, Onions, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas,

Corn Chips, Cheddar, Sour Cream $5/7

 

 

Asparagus & Blue Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

 Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Spicy Salami Sandwich

Spicy Calabrese Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Avocado,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Steak Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Flank Steak, Pico de Gallo,

Tomatillo Sauce, Sour Cream, Cilantro,

Romaine on Corn Tortillas $13

Add Gaucamole $1

 

 

Short Rib Pot Roast

Braised Short Rib, Carrots,

Potato, Celery, Onions,

 Bordelaise Sauce $15

1/9 Lunch

 

 

Buffalo Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles $7

 

 

Three Meat Chili

Elk Sausage, Bacon Sausage, Beef, Tomatoes,

Sweet Corn, Onions, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas,

Corn Chips, Cheddar, Sour Cream $5/7

 

 

Winter Salad

Roasted Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Bell Peppers, Parmesan, Mixed Greens,

Italian Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Spicy Salami Sandwich

Spicy Calabrese Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Avocado,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Bison Sliders (2)

Seasoned Bison Patties, Provolone,

Arugula, Tomato, Fed Sauce on Brioche Sliders

Served with Fries or Salad $13

1/8 Dinner

Three Meat Chili

Elk Sausage, Bacon Sausage, Beef, Tomatoes,

Sweet Corn, Onions, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas,

Corn Chips, Cheddar, Sour Cream $5/7

 

 

Winter Salad

Roasted Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Bell Peppers, Parmesan, Mixed Greens,

Italian Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Spicy Salami Sandwich

Spicy Calabrese Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Avocado,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Bison Sliders (2)

Seared Ground Bison, Swiss, Arugula,

 Pickled Red Onion,

Barbeque Sauce $13

 

 

Korean Barbeque Tacos

Flank Steak, Arugula, Pickled Onions,

Korean Barbeque Sauce on Flour Tortillas $14

  

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1/7 Dinner

Three Meat Chili

Elk Sausage, Bacon Sausage, Beef, Tomatoes,

Sweet Corn, Onions, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas,

Corn Chips, Cheddar, Sour Cream $5/7

 

 

Winter Salad

Roasted Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Bell Peppers, Parmesan, Mixed Greens,

Italian Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Spicy Salami Sandwich

Spicy Calabrese Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Avocado,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Bison Sliders (2)

Seared Ground Bison, Swiss, Arugula,

 Pickled Red Onion,

Barbeque Sauce $13

 

 

Korean Barbeque Tacos

Flank Steak, Arugula, Pickled Onions,

Korean Barbeque Sauce on Flour Tortillas $14

1/7 Lunch

Three Meat Chili

Elk Sausage, Bacon Sausage, Beef, Tomatoes,

Sweet Corn, Onions, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas,

Corn Chips, Cheddar, Sour Cream $5/7

 

 

Winter Salad

Roasted Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Bell Peppers, Parmesan, Mixed Greens,

Italian Vinaigrette $11

 

 

Spicy Salami Sandwich

Spicy Calabrese Salami, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion, Avocado,

Ashe County Habanero Cheddar, Pesto Aioli on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Crimini Mushroom & Cheddar Cheese Curd Frittata

Scrambled Farm Egg, Crimini Mushroom,

Cheddar Cheese Curds, Arugula

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Vanilla Maple Syrup,

Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14