New Dallas ghost kitchen debuts with vegan comfort food
A new ghost kitchen has debuted in Dallas, specializing in highly craveable comfort food: Called Primavega Restaurant, it's located at Commerce Fork Food, the big ghost kitchen facility near Trinity Groves at 921 E. Commerce St., where it's doing vegan renditions of ribs, tacos, biscuits & gravy, and more.
It being a ghost kitchen means it's takeout and delivery only. You can order online through their website.
Primavega is from Alan Farris, a lifelong cook who began experimenting with vegan recipes when he changed to a vegan diet about a decade ago.
"I've wanted to have a vegan restaurant for a long time, as a way to give back to the community," Farris says. "And I felt like there was a niche for this kind of cuisine that wasn't being filled."
This is especially true since the closure in August of Spiral Diner, which specialized in diner food like burgers and nachos.
"I designed the menu based on what I like to eat," Farris says. "It's comfort food but with a healthier emphasis: pasta, tacos, pizzas, as well as Asian food."
His menu includes:
- biscuits & gravy
- biscuits sandwiches with Beyond breakfast sausage and Just Egg
- breakfast plate, with sausage, scrambled Just Egg, home fries, and a biscuit
- tacos filled with seasoned chopped walnut and portobello mushroom, topped with potato-carrot nacho cheese, salsa, sour cream, and shredded spinach
- eggplant parmesan, with breaded and fried eggplant topped with Miyokos mozzarella, marinara, and cashew parmesan, served with a salad of cranberry, walnut, spinach, cashew parmesan and balsamic
- Chicken pot pie, with chick'n, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, carrots, and green beans, topped with a giant biscuit
He does a homey entree plate with mashed potatoes & gravy and choice of green beans or corn on the cob, using meats by acclaimed Dallas-based Boneless Butcher, either steak or ribs.
He also does two versions of sushi, topped with seared, marinated eggplant or else seared, marinated trumpet mushrooms.
Prices start at $13 and top out at $22 for the steak dinner. He's open 11 am-8:30 on weekdays and late hours on weekends, until 11:30 pm.
Commerce is home at any one time to nearly two dozen concepts.
"It was a good way to start because the overhead is lower than opening your own place," Farris says. "But if all goes well, I hope to open a brick-and-mortar in early 2023."