blu seafood and bar
2002 Hillsborough Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
When I asked Chef Tim Lyons about his reasons for moving away from a seafood chef’s oceanic paradise like the Florida Keys, his answer was immediate and concise…”about six feet of water”…must have been a question posed to him before. Tired of dodging hurricanes and tropical storms and fighting repeated floods, Chef Lyons built his ark in the form of a seafood restaurant, sailed it 985 miles from his Key West digs to run aground near the East Campus of Duke University in Durham, NC. ”blu” seafood and bar describes itself “as upscale, casual seafood with innovative regional classics. In other words, our place is comfortable with great food, some local, some global, but always fresh.”
Even though I have spent only limited stints seaside, I would have to say that blu is an epitomist of what I would consider a classic seafood restaurant. The space is unassuming from an exterior perspective, yet simply stated and casually elegant inside. Trinkets scattered and splashes of blue adorn the dining room, sporting concrete floors and a comfortable bar. blu also provides an enclosed patio alongside and an outdoor patio that seems a perfect spot to sample some of Chef Lyon’s plates amongst the fresh air. What the air may lack in the actual scent of ocean, you would never know it once presented with the simple, fresh seafood dishes offered within. Alongside it’s lunch and dinner service blu also offers, box lunches, catering for events and an ever changing oyster menu that shifts with whatever is available as the latest catch. Also be sure to check the blu events page for upcoming wine dinners, kids’ nights and specials.
Thanks to Tim and manager Eryk Pruitt for allowing me to cast a line and pull some in…