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Primal Food & Spirits - South Durham

Durham magazine reports that chef Tim Lyons of Blu Seafood is opening the Triangle's first gluten-free restaurant this summer in the Southpoint Crossing Shopping Center.

http://www.durhammag.com/blogs/durham...

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  1. Yep saw that too. Should be interesting and an interesting location.

    1. This is so exciting! As someone who tries to eat strictly paleo when eating at home (I can't say the same for when I dine out), I can certainly appreciate a restaurant that will cater toward that lifestyle. I hope the food is as good as the concept!

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      1. re: Erika RollerGirl

        Not sure I saw anything conducive to it being paleo.

        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

          "Primal will offer a unique menu that utilizes naturally raised local meats and produce prepared into gluten-free entrees and seasonal side dishes as well as a full bar boasting craft cocktails created from local ingredients. Based on a primal eating lifestyle, the restaurant will give its guests the experience of enjoying fresh, unprocessed foods."

          Paleo eaters avoid gluten and prefer to use pastured, local meats and vegetables. "Primal" is a term often used in conjunction with paleo although if you follow Mark Sisson (Mark's Daily Apple)'s version, he includes dairy. This sounds like a very Paleo-friendly establishment. I hope I'm correct in my assessment of their intentions. We shall see!

          1. re: Erika RollerGirl

            Ah! Thank you for the enlightening information.

      2. Hey! ( Glenn Gossett, here) no posted menu??

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          1. re: LulusMom

            I've been meaning to go there, but I never think of it because I despise the mall area. Instead of my own personal review, I offer these recent local blog reviews:

            http://eatplaywin.blogspot.com/2014/0...

            http://blog.tastefulpantry.com/2014/0...

            http://www.glutenhatesme.com/2014/07/...

            1. re: ToothTooth

              Thanks ToothTooth. I'm with you on the mall area thing. But at the same time it's always fun to have a new place to add into the mix.

              1. re: LulusMom

                There is a new Pho chain coming to the mall but I doubt that is worth much mention. Additionally the people behind Mura are bringing a new Sushi/Seafood place that is going in at Diamond View III

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  I'm sorry to say that Mura means nothing to me, and Diamond View III means nothing to me. I don't get far from Chapel Hill/Durham very often (and now you're going to tell me that place is in Durham, aren't you?? - my bad!).

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    Mura is in Raleigh but the group (Eschelon) has a few other places which are all in Raleigh. Diamond View III is next to the Durham Ball Park.

                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                      Thanks for the info. Somehow when I'm at the Bulls Ball Park I just want to stay there. Good times!

                2. re: LulusMom

                  I have heard its good but the portions don't match the price. To be fair, that was during opening.

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Reading the three reviews that ToothTooth posted, my impression is that if you eat Paleo or GF you'll be really really happy. I'm not sure someone who doesn't have gluten problems will feel the same extreme love for the place. Have to wait and see I guess.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      Yeah - I have to say that while I am very glad to see these sorts of places available for people who actually need them, as an omnivore with no known allergies, they don't interest me much. I do hope they can make a success of their concept.

                      1. re: romansperson

                        Well they cater to all people but it just so happens that IF you are trying to be on the Paleo diet or gluten free there is more a chance that you may find something edible there.

                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                          Right. I was just saying that the reviews ToothTooth linked to (and thanks again for those TT) all came from people who eat GF. So for them just being able to go to a restaurant and not ask is going to make it seem like a great place. I'm wondering how the rest of us will feel about the food.

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            I finally ate at Primal for dinner last week and tried almost everything on the appetizer menu. I'm sorry to report that none of it was very good. The chicken wings were especially displeasing due to the sticky sweet BBQ sauce that coats them. Salads were fine. Drinks were the highlight as they have lots of house made juices and nectars to work with. Maybe I would have fared better had I tried some of the entrees. It should be noted that they have the "Blu Seafood" version of shrimp and grits on the menu and those are always very good when I have them at Blu. Next time I'll test out some entrees but right now I'm not in a big hurry to go back.

                            1. re: ToothTooth

                              Tooth Tooth, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your review. We had a babysitter night tonight and thought about this place but decided to wait it out. Glad we did - at least for now.

              2. re: LulusMom

                I got take out from there on Thursday night as I was already out and about and my wife wanted fish (and I was at that shopping center). She enjoyed her fish and the massaman curry it came with. I had shortribs and while they tasted just fine, everything is a la cart. I literally had two pieces of short ribs. The kale that I got was very citrusy and tangy but overly so. The almonds were okay but nothing special and the spiralized veggie noodles were good but not ample. So I will echo what users in other forums have stated. The price doesn't match the quantity. I can't foresee this place lasting unless they change their game or pricing.