At Primal we take gluten sensitivities seriously, and representing the needs of the gluten-free community is very important to us. Simply put, it is part of our identity, and it is exactly what makes us different from everyone else. Our kitchen is 100% gluten-free, meaning there is no possibility of cross-contamination.Primal is about getting back to the basics and eating as our ancestors did, offering unprocessed, home grown foods, served unpretentiously. You can literally taste the delicious difference when you bite into a piece of pasture-raised meat that was cooked over a wood fire. It gives the meat that light, smoky natural flavor simply not found with alternative cooking methods. At Primal, we work tirelessly to ensure that everything coming out of our kitchen showcases the fresh ingredients we are using from our local farmer partners. Farm-to-Fire-to-Fork. That is our way. That is Primal.





Chef Tim Lyons is excited to share his second culinary endeavor with The Triangle as he introduces Primal Food & Spirits. Tim is chef/owner of award winning, Blu Seafood & Bar, which he opened in 2007 after relocating to Durham from Key West, Florida. There in Key West, he was chef de cuisine at the world renowned restaurant, Louie’s Backyard, for seven years. Prior to that, Chef Lyons worked in Vermont as a sous chef at Storm Café and Roland’s Place. Lyons grew up in Southern California, and also worked as a sous chef under James Beard Award winning chef Ulf Strandberg of Gustaf Anders’ restaurant. Tim’s introduction and beginning in the culinary world began under the training of brother-in-law Roland Gaujac, a French chef from Lyon, France. Working for a classically trained French chef gave Tim the foundation he needed to begin building his own culinary career.


  • Bean Traders, Inc. – Durham, NC
  • Mills Family Farm – Mooresville, NC
  • First Hand Foods – Durham, NC
  • Blue Sky Farms – Wendell, NC
  • Seven Springs Farms – NC
  • Elodie Farms – Rougemont, NC
  • Durham Farmers Market – Durham, NC
  • Imagine That Gluten Free – Durham, NC
  • Bull City Cider – Durham, NC
  • Mother Earth Brewing – Kinston, NC
  • Fullsteam Brewery – Durham, NC
  • Sunshine Lavender Farm –  Orange County, NC
  • Springer Farms – GA
  • Painted Hills Farms – OR
  • Sandy Lyons’ Home Garden – Durham, NC
  • Annie Caulkins’ Home Garden – Hillsborough, NC