Thursday, December 06, 2007

Vegetarian Options at Federal

Prior to attending the Duke Sympony Concert (awesome), Google Earth Evangelist and I went to the Federal for dinner. She had never been before and I hadn't been in about a year. Glancing at the menu, one wouldn't necessarily think that it's the best place to go with a vegetarian, but it turned out to be a good choice. If you haven't been there before, and you're a non-smoker, I recommend that you make sure that you're seated in the back of the restaurant instead of the bar area.
We decided to split two servings in half so we could both try them. One was fried eggplant with potatoes, fennel and leeks. It was just amazing, because the eggplant was almost creamy inside. I would be excited to have a whole plate of this, if given the opportunity. The flavors and textures of all of the vegetables were just wonderful.

Our other entree was a grilled cheese sandwich with sharp cheddar, avocado, roasted tomatoes, cucumbers, red pepper mayo and mixed greens, on focaccia. I remember having a similar open-faced sandwich with shrimp before, but it must have been a special. This was very good, but it would have been impossible for it to top the eggplant.


  1. OT: Happy birthday. :) You're the fourth person I know with a birthday on Pearl Harbor day.

  2. Thanks, Joe! I know four other people as well. I'm still thankful my parents didn't name me Pearl. :)

  3. durhamfood5:13 PM

    Happy birthday!

  4. Happy Birthday!

    The grilled cheese is my mainstay at the Federal, unless they have an interesting veggie special on their daily menu. They had a black bean burger a few weeks ago and it wasn't just a frozen patty out of a box. It was hand-made and a lot like eating a black bean sloppy-joe. I hope they bring that back. I've also had a south-western inspired eggplant dish with beans and rice that was very tasty. I've never been disappointed with the Fed's veggie options.

  5. I keep coming back to the picture and description of that grilled cheese sandwich! It and the eggplant both sound deelish! :)