Town Talk Diner

My friend Dave and I visited the Town Talk Diner on Tuesday. They have attentive servers and excellent food. We started with the calamari and thai chili sauce. It was on special for happy hour, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The calamari was quite spicy, but delicious.

Dave ordered a Catcher in the Rye, made of Sazerac Rye, apple schnapps, kirsch, and a few drops of balsamic vinegar. It was served in a mini martini glass with an extra serving or two in a shaker. The drink was deep red in color and quite flavorful and complex.

I ordered a Dark Storm, made of citrus-infused dark rum, ginger ale, and bitters. It was light and refreshing, and it served as a nice accompaniment to the calamari, taking a little of the heat off. The bitters were colorful and sprinkled across the top of the drink like confetti, giving the beverage a pleasant appearance. It was also served in a mini martini glass with a couple extra servings in the shaker.

For our main course, we each had the turkey burger, an old standby. The burger was cooked to perfection– crispy on the outside, but juicy on the inside, and the raspberry barbecue sauce was out of this world. Dave got the garlic parsley fries, and I ordered the regular fries. The garlic fries are excellent, but strong.

We always sit at the bar, both for the ambience and for the occasional free beverage. When the bartenders make malts, there’s usually a little extra and they hand out samples at the bar. Last time, we got to try the Silly Rabbit and ended up ordering that for dessert. Because it’s fall and we’re crazy for anything pumpkin, we already had our dessert picked in advance– the pumpkin pie malt with brandy, pumpkin, spices, and ice cream. However, we got two samples of our old favorite, the Monkey Business malt with banana liqueur, chocolate, peanut butter, and bourbon.

There have been rumors that the restaurant will close because it recently changed ownership, but I hope that’s not the case. Town Talk is one of our favorite haunts in the Twin Cities, and I’ve already lost another favorite (Rossi’s) this year. We’re trying to do our part to keep it in business.

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2 Responses to “Town Talk Diner”

  1. The Cheap Chick Says:

    Say it ain’t so! They’re closing already???? I haven’t even had a chance to go there yet. This is what happens when you put things off…

    Have you had a chance to try Brassa in Northeast Mpls? Oh so good, and not too expensive, either.

  2. Michele Says:

    It hasn’t closed yet, so you’ve still got time! It was sold to the guys who run the St. Clair Broiler and Rudolph’s (neither of which I’ve visited). I’m hoping that they keep it open, and that they don’t play with the menu too much. They have some really innovative drinks and entrees.

    Brasa is amazing! Especially if you love all things pork (which I do). Their slow-roasted pork is phenomenal, and their sides are really good too.

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