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CLOSED Let the British have their gastropubs, for here in the Midwest we are taking it to the next level: Meet the Town Talk, the world's first gastro-diner. Pancakes? Check. Milkshakes? Check. A glossy, stainless-steel lunch counter straight out of a 1960s pop culture museum? Double check. But there are also milkshakes made with next-generation add-ins like fancy French liqueurs and top-shelf bourbon, burgers topped with a snazzy sauce, and spicy harissa, line caught halibut specials. Yes, it's a diner with a maitre'd: The Town Talk is the product of a trio of Gen-X fine-dining refugees who wanted to do things the way they wanted to do them. The resulting combination of massive drink list, locally sourced pork, baskets of fried pickle planks, late-night hours, and always loud and crazy dining room has proved that a gastro-diner is exactly what south Minneapolis wants right now.
THE TOWN TALK DINER IS A FRIENDLY NICE PLACE TO GET A MEAL AND THAY HAVE DESERTS FOR LAST PLUS THOSE MALTS THIS PLACE ON 27TH AND EAST LAKE STREET HAS LONG BEEN A FAVORITE OF MINE SINCE IT FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS YEARS AGO PEOPLE CAME TO THIS SPOT TO GET THOSE BURGERS AND OTHER GREAT TASTING MENU ITEMS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. THIS SPOT WONT BE FORGOTTEN FROM THE REGULAR CUSTOMERS WHO ATE HERE ALOT SOME WOULD SAY WE REALLY DO NEED A NICE FRIENDLY CAFE OR SIMILAR PLACE LIKE THE TOWN TALK DINER TO GET A GREAT MEAL AT THOSE AFFORDABLE PRICES ALWAYS REMEMBER TOWN TALK DINER. CAFFFS AND COFFE SHOP REVIEWER. C. LITZ
If you're lucky enough to find a seat at the bar in the often crowded Town Talk Diner, Nick may come over to take your order—or ask you to taste something. He tends bar at the popular south Minneapolis eatery, but the word "bartender" is a touch misleading; he's more of a cocktail chef. He takes time and care to craft original cocktails but is happy to mix a classic martini (he's not afraid to use vermouth!) or Manhattan as if he invented those, too. Not one to make haste, he'll spend time finding just the right ingredient to splash into a glass, whether that involves adding dill or basil, or sinking one of Town Talk's signature cognac-infused cherries to the depths of a lowball. Nick's knack for finding unique libation combinations will have you talking about cocktails right along with him. And Nick is happy to talk to you, in true bartender fashion. You'll find yourself returning frequently, having found a taste for Nick's cocktails, and possibly Nick himself.
As Town Talk Diner debuts an updated menu (while keeping around old favorites like the Brat Burger and Frickles,) we talked to chef Tommy Begnaud, the creative force behind the changes. Begnaud share... More »
Last night, the Town Talk Diner team held onto its crown as Iron Bartender--their second consecutive win. The competition, held at Hell's Kitchen each Sunday since May 2, pitted the Cities' best... More »
Many bars around town have their own specialty cocktails. Often they've been given funny names that play off of double entendres, and contain about as much sugar and artificial coloring as a bowl of kids' cereal. It's harder to find a bar with specialty cocktails that one would actually enjoy drinking. Town Talk Diner is one of those bars. Though it's changed owners recently, the bartenders continue to create new and tasty concoctions. The adult malts and floats include Monkey Business... More »
The measure of a diner is not found in the records on its walls, the red pleather of its booths, or the chrome detailing on its jukeboxes, but rather in the quality and creativity of its menu. With its edgy twists on classic diner fare, Town Talk deserves the buzz that its name implies. For example, the brunch menu's huevos rancheros with twin chorizo tamales and a rich mole verde sauce departs so far from the Mexican classic that they hardly merit the same title, but they are so good that... More »
If you're lucky enough to find a seat at the bar in the often crowded Town Talk Diner, Nick may come over to take your order--or ask you to taste something. He tends bar at the popular south Minneapolis eatery, but the word "bartender" is a touch misleading; he's more of a cocktail chef. He takes time and care to craft original cocktails but is happy to mix a classic martini (he's not afraid to use vermouth!) or Manhattan as if he invented those, too. Not one to make haste, he'll spend... More »
Spinning stools bolted to the floor and a curvy counter fronting a noisy kitchen-at first glance, Town Talk seems like, well, a diner. But make your way to the next room and you realize there's serious eating happening. There the vibe changes from old-school burger joint to dimly lit urban eatery, with long, rectangular mirrors on light brick walls and surprisingly sexy drinking glasses. Servers wear black blazers with button-up shirts, and the napkins are secured with steel hose clamps.... More »
Nothing is more Minnesota than super-colliding the high-brow with the low-brow--fine French Champagne at bowling alleys (Hi, Bryant-Lake Bowl!), collaborative conceptual art in ice-fishing houses (Hi, Art Shanty Projects!), Prouenza Schouler high-fashion sweaters for $20 at Target (rhymes with Faberge), apolitical quasi-nihilist wrestlers as governor (we miss you, Jesse!), big-brain pop-art sculpture as de facto city mascot (Hi, Spoonbridge and Cherry!). Heck, we could do this all day.... More »
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