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

Specials

 

Chicken Wings (8)

BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Jasmine Tea & Chicken Liver Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Red’s Farm Hakurei Turnips,

Cherry Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Almonds, 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

 

 

Chili Bourbon Brisket Tacos (3)

Slow Braised Brisket, Shallots, Bell Peppers,

 Squash, Arugula, Tomatillo Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Shrimp & Chorizo Risotto

Sautéed White Shrimp, Spanish Chorizo,

Red Onion, Roasted Red Pepper,

Parmesan, Saffron Risotto $16

 

5/24 Lunch

Specials

 

Chicken Wings (8)

BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Red’s Farm Hakurei Turnips,

Cherry Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Almonds, 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

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Arugula,

Red Onion, Tomatillo Sauce, Swiss on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Duck Tacos (3)

Marinated Duck Breast,

Shallots, Red Onion, Squash, Arugula,

Sweet Chili BBQ Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13

 

5/23 Dinner

Specials

 

Chicken Wings (8)

BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Red’s Farm Hakurei Turnips,

Cherry Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Almonds, 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

 

 

Duck Confit Tacos (3)

Pulled Confit Duck Leg, Cilantro, Stones Bros. Habanero Relish,

Guacamole, Tomatillo Sauce on Flour Tortillas $13

 

 

Shrimp & Chorizo Risotto

Sautéed White Shrimp, Spanish Chorizo,

Red Onion, Roasted Red Pepper,

Parmesan, Saffron Risotto $16

 

5/23 Lunch

Specials

 

Chicken Wings (8)

BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Red’s Farm Hakurei Turnips,

Cherry Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Almonds, 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

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

‘Njula Spreadable Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $16

5/22 Dinner

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Red’s Farm Hakurei Turnips,

Cherry Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Almonds, 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

‘Njula Spreadable Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $16

 

 

Cherry Glazed Pan Roasted Duck

Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Sautéed Baby Kale,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Fingerling Potato

Cherry Brandy Butter $16

5/21 Dinner

 

 

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Red’s Farm Hakurei Turnips,

Cherry Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Almonds, 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

‘Njula Spreadable Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $16

 

 

Cherry Glazed Pan Roasted Duck

Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Sautéed Baby Kale,

Bell Peppers, Roasted Fingerling Potato

Cherry Brandy Butter $16

5/21 Lunch

Specials

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Blueberry Salad

Blueberries, Red’s Farm Hakurei Turnips,

Cherry Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Almonds, 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

 

 

 Duck Egg French Toast

Fickle Creek Farm Duck Egg,

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Butter

 Maple Syrup, on Sourdough $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

5/20 Dinner

 

 

Chicken Wings (8)

BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Italian Prosciutto Salad

Thin Sliced Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Walnuts, Arugula,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Sweet Chili Turkey Sandwich

Sweet Chili Roasted Turkey, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Battered Chicken, Romaine,

 Red Onion, Swiss, Tomatillo Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

‘Njula Spreadable Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $16

5/19 Dinner

Specials

 

Chicken Wings (8)

BBQ, Buffalo, or Sweet Chili Hoisin

With Blue Cheese Dip $9

 

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Italian Prosciutto Salad

Thin Sliced Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Walnuts, Arugula,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $12

 

 

Sweet Chili Turkey Sandwich

Sweet Chili Roasted Turkey, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Batered Chicken, Romaine,

 Red Onion, Swiss, Tomatillo Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Steamed Mussels Frites

‘Njula Spreadable Salami, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $16

 

5/18 Dinner

Specials

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Italian Prosciutto Salad

Thin Sliced Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Walnuts, Arugula,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Brisket Tacos (3)

Chili Braised Brisket, Red Onion,

Sweet Corn, Red’s Farm Rainbow Chard, Hakurei Turnips,
 Kim Chi, Bourbon BBQ Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Tangy Remoulade on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

5/18 Lunch

Specials

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Italian Prosciutto Salad

Thin Sliced Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Walnuts, Arugula,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Flat Iron Tacos (3)

Marinated Flank Steak, Red Onion,

Bell Peppers, Carrots, Kim Chi, Arugula,

Sweet Chili BBQ Sauce,

On Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Oyster Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Oysters, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Tangy Remoulade on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

5/17 Dinner

Specials

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Italian Prosciutto Salad

Thin Sliced Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Walnuts, Arugula,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Flat Iron Tacos (3)

Marinated Flank Steak, Red Onion,

Bell Peppers, Carrots, Kim Chi, Arugula,

Sweet Chili BBQ Sauce,

On Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Southern Stir Fry

Chili Braised Brisket, NC Sweet Corn,

Zucchini, Red’s Farm Rainbow Chard & Turnips,

Green Onions, Chili Bourbon Sauce

Over Jasmine Rice $15

5/16 Dinner

Specials

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Italian Prosciutto Salad

Thin Sliced Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Walnuts, Arugula,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Flat Iron Tacos (3)

Marinated Flank Steak, Red Onion,

Bell Peppers, Carrots, Kim Chi, Arugula,

Sweet chili BBQ Sauce,

On Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

5/16 Lunch

Specials

 

Jasmine Tea Pâté

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Italian Prosciutto Salad

Thin Sliced Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes,

Red Onion, Feta, Walnuts, Arugula,

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette $12

 

 

BLT

Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Arugula,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12

 

 

Flat Iron Tacos (3)

Marinated Flank Steak, Red Onion,

Bell Peppers, Carrots, Kim Chi, Arugula

On Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Buffalo Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce,

Blue Cheese, Arugula, Tomato on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

5/13 Dinner

Specials

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower,

Blue Cheese Crumbles, Buffalo Sauce $7

 

 

Pita Pie

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Feta,

Green Olives, Red Onions, Arugula, Balsamic Syrup $7

 

 

Hakurei Turnip Salad

Sliced Turnips, Red Onion, Cucumber,

Shaved Carrots, Almonds, Arugula,

Plum Wine Vinaigrette $12

 

 

 Speck Ham and Provolone

Italian Speck, Provolone, Red Onion,

 Tomato, Arugula, Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

NC Softshell Crab Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered Softshell, Red Leaf Lettuce,

Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onion, Fed Sauce on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

Fresh Mahi Mahi

Pan Seared Mahi, Red Onions, Garlic Roasted Potatoes,

Bell Peppers, Red’s Farm Bok Choy, Yuzu Tobiko,

Pesto Sauce, Sweet Garlic Tomato Broth $16

 

 

5/13 Lunch

Specials

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower,

Blue Cheese Crumbles, Buffalo Sauce $7

 

 

Hakurei Turnip Salad

Sliced Turnips, Red Onion, Cucumber,

Shaved Carrots, Almonds, Arugula,

Plum Wine Vinaigrette $12

 

 

 Speck Ham and Provolone

Italian Speck, Provolone, Red Onion,

 Tomato, Arugula, Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Chicken and Waffles

Vanilla Maple Syrup, Espresso Whipped Cream,

Butter, Powdered Sugar $14

 

 

NC Softshell Crab

Pan Fried Softshell Crab, Red Onions,

Bell Peppers, Red’s Farm Bok Choy, Yuzu Tobiko,

Sweet Garlic Tomato Broth $15

 

 

5/12 Dinner

Specials

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buttermilk Battered Cauliflower,

Blue Cheese Crumbles, Buffalo Sauce $7

 

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Hakurei Turnip Salad

Sliced Turnips, Red Onion, Cucumber,

Shaved Carrots, Almonds, Arugula,

Plum Wine Vinaigrette $12

 

 

 Speck Ham and Provolone

Thin Sliced Speck Ham, Provolone, Red Onion,

 Tomato, Arugula, Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

NC Softshell Crab

Pan Fried Softshell Crab, Red Onions,

Bell Peppers, Red’s Farm Bok Choy,

Yuzu Tobiko, Garlic Tomato Broth $15

 

 

Mahi Mahi

Pan Seared Mahi, Garlic Roasted Potatoes,

Sherry & Butter Braised Brussels Sprouts,

Sweet Basil Pesto Sauce $16

5/11 Dinner

Specials

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Hakurei Turnip Salad

Sliced Turnips, Red Onion, Cucumber,

Shaved Carrots, Almonds, Arugula,

Plum Wine Vinaigrette $12

 

 

 Speck Ham and Provolone

Thin Sliced Speck Ham, Provolone, Red Onion,

 Tomato, Arugula, Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Stout Braised Short Rib Tacos (3)

Breakfast Stout Braised Short Rib,

Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Arugula,

Breakfast Stout BBQ Sauce on Corn Tortillas $13

 

 

Shrimp Po’Boy

Buttermilk Battered White Shrimp,

Red & Green Cabbage Slaw, Fed Sauce on Cuban Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $15

 

 

 

5/9 Dinner

Specials

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Hakurei Turnip Salad

Sliced Turnips, Red Onion, Cucumber,

Shaved Carrots, Almonds, Arugula,

Plum Wine Vinaigrette $12

 

 

 Speck Ham and Provolone

Thin Sliced Speck Ham, Provolone, Red Onion,

 Tomato, Arugula, Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

Served with Fries or Salad $13

 

 

Fresh Atlantic Scallop Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Scallops, Spinach,

Mixed Bell Peppers, Pickled Pepper Rémoulade

Served On Flour Tortillas $14

 

 

Beer Battered Fish N’ Chips

Two Hearted Battered Atlantic Cod,

Red & Green Cabbage Slaw, Fed Fries,

Old Bay Tartar Sauce $15

 

 

 

5/9 Lunch

Specials

 

Chicken Liver Pate

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

 French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

 

 

Mexican Chorizo Salad

Local Chorizo, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Turnips,

Red Onion, Fried Tortilla Strips, Mixed Greens,

Tequila Lime Gose Vinaigrette $12

 

 

 Speck Ham and Provolone

Thin Sliced Speck Ham, Provolone, Red Onion,

 Tomato, Arugula, Red Pepper Aioli on Seven Grain

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

 

 

Fresh Atlantic Scallop Tacos (3)

Pan Seared Scallops, Spinach,

Mixed Bell Peppers, Pickled Pepper Rémoulade

Served On Flour Tortillas $14