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Pure Spirits AYCE Mussel's

Kassi22 Jul 4, 2011 07:26 AM

Has anyone tried Pure Spirits all you can eat Mussel's?

Just curious if its any good, worth the price (which I don't' even know what it is..), any catches?

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    Sambot Jul 4, 2011 02:15 PM

    I have had their mussels about 6 months ago and they were some of the best I've ever had. They've changed the head chef since then so I can't vouch for what they're putting out now

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    1. re: Sambot
      magic Jul 4, 2011 02:19 PM

      Is this the place in the Distillery District?

      If so, am I going crazy or was this not called Prairie Spirit at one time?

      1. re: magic
        Kassi22 Jul 4, 2011 05:54 PM

        Praise spirits??? I dont think so!

        "Pure Spirits the restaurant, inherits its name from the days when the building was constructed, almost 145 years ago. It was here in this space that the finished whiskey was stored in its “pure form” in barrels that were then rolled out through what is now the kitchen, to waiting sailing schooners tied at the wharf"

        1. re: Kassi22
          magic Jul 4, 2011 06:14 PM

          No, not Praise Spirits -- Prairie Spirit.

          I ate there about 6 years ago, where Pure Spirit now is. I am fairly certain when I ate there it was called Prairie Spirit. I remember I had a big bowl of cold peel and eat shrimp. They were perfectly cooked and delicious. The fries were also very good.

          I always meant to get back but for some reason didn’t get back to the Distillery District for like 6 years! When I returned I found the place is now called Pure Spirits - still with a seafood focus but with a different name and minus the peel and eat shrimp :(

          So I want to know if there is anyone out there who can verify that I am not crazy.


          1. re: magic
            Snarf Jul 4, 2011 06:42 PM

            Sorry to be the one to say so, but yes, you are crazy. Time to call the rubber truck.

            Pure Spirits has been so-named since it opened. They have always tried to do a semi raw bar thing, and had the peel and eat at the beginning. I think they still do oysters.

            You may be combining memories with Prairie Ink, which was in the defunct McNally Robinson bookstore in the Shops at Don Mills. In which case it may not be crazy, just slightly confused. We all do that.

            1. re: Snarf
              magic Jul 5, 2011 06:09 AM

              Haha, I could have sworn it was called Prairie Spirit back then. Hmm. Oh well. Would not be the first time I was way off base.

              Thanks for the input though Snarf, appreciated.

              If it is in fact the same place they should bring back the peel and eat shrimp. Those were good!

            2. re: magic
              Kassi22 Jul 5, 2011 06:12 AM

              Yeah, no.. it was always been Pure Spirits... Not a lot of seafood to be found in the Prairies ;)

              1. re: Kassi22
                magic Jul 5, 2011 06:14 AM

                This is true.

                Le sigh ;)

                Sorry from diverting from your original question. I'm curious about their mussels too.

                1. re: magic
                  1sweetpea Jul 5, 2011 11:07 AM

                  Is the AYCE mussel thing a regular feature or only seasonal/certain days or times?

                  1. re: 1sweetpea
                    Kassi22 Jul 5, 2011 11:28 AM

                    This is what I'm trying to find out for sure..

                    From their website they say AYCE Monday Mussels. From my Goggle search it was for $15.. but I don't know the truth to this and if they are any good!

                    1. re: Kassi22
                      1sweetpea Jul 5, 2011 12:06 PM

                      Thanks. I suppose I could have been less lazy and just looked for myself. I appreciate your prompt reply.

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