The Federal

Celebrating 15 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.

Dinner 3/26

Fresh Catch

NC Shrimp Pasta with Tasso, Arugula, White Wine Garlic Cream and Spaghetti Pasta $14

 

Beef and Mushroom $4 cup/ $6 bowl

 

Fried Shiitake Mushrooms

 Sriracha Aioli $7

 

Duck Poutine

Fed Fries Covered with Duck and Stout Gravy and Fig and Herb Goat Cheese $11

 

Duck Confit

Crimson Lentals, Golden Raisin and Habanero Relish $15

Desserts

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Dinner 3/12

Fresh Catch

Blackened NC Catfish: Honey-Fig Goat Cheese Polenta and Sautéed Swiss Chard $15

 

Cream of Chicken and Cauliflower $4 cup/ $6 bowl

 

Chicken Wings

Spicy Fried Wings with Blue Cheese $8

 

Lengua Tacos

Braised Beef Tongue, Green Salsa, Radish Pico de Gallo, Flour Tortillas $12

 

Avocado Sandwich

Fresh Avocado, Olive Tapenade, Arugula, Roasted Red Pepper,

Red Onion, White Cheddar, Jalapeno Aioli on Sourdough Bread with Fries or Side Salad $12

 

Desserts

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Apple Pie

Dinner 3/8

Fresh Catch

NC Shrimp and Crab Cake with Roasted Caulilini and Sun-dried Tomato Sauce $15

  

Black Bean and Mushroom Chili $4 cup/ $6 bowl

 

Fried Calamari

Jalapeno Aioli $5

  

Lamb Gyro

Lamb Meat Balls, Tzatziki, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Shredded Lettuce in Pita Bread with Choice of Side $12

 

Curry Spiced Turkey Sandwich

Roasted Turkey Breast, Honey Fig Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, Avocado Puree on Pumpernickel

served with Fries or Side Salad $11

 

Desserts

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Apple Pie

Dinner 3/5

Fresh Catch

Monkfish Thermidor: Seared Monkfish, Lemon-Mustard Sauce, Vegetable Rice Pilaf $16

 

Black Bean and Mushroom Chili $4 cup/ $6 bowl

 

Chicken WIngs

Spicy Fried Chicken Wings $6

Curry Spiced Turkey Sandwich

Roasted Turkey Breast, Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Avocado Puree on Pumpernickel

served with Fries or Side Salad $11

  

Beef Tacos

Beer Braised Beef, Peppers and Onions, Sour Cream Flour Tortilla $9

 

Desserts

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Dinner 2/25

Fresh Catch

NC Lump Crab Stuffed Portobello Mushroom on a Bed of Greens $15

  

Tomato Vegetable $4 cup/ $6 bowl

  

Fried Onion Petals

Horseradish Aioli $6

  

Cottage Pie

Stewed Ground Lamb, Carrots, Peas and Corn Topped with Garlic Mashed Potatoes $13

 

Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Smoked Salmon, Red Onions, Caper Cream on Pumpernickel with Choice of Side $13

 

Desserts

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Apple Pie