Archive for December, 2009

Town Talk Diner

December 24, 2009

Tim’s inaugural visit to Town Talk Diner in early December was a tremendous success. We had some amazing food and beverages, felt extremely welcome, and we can’t wait to return.

As we drove towards Minneapolis, I took a few pictures of the sunset (as seen from 35W driving south):
Sunset over Downtown Minneapolis

We sat at the bar, in seats close to the grill but away from the door, which occasionally let in the chill from outside.

Tim started with the Planters Punch, which contains dark rum, fruit juices, homemade bitters, and nutmeg. For a full list of ingredients, refer to their drink menu.
Planters Punch at Town Talk Diner

I began with the Hair of the Lion, which contains rum, egg white, and homemade bitters.
Hair of the Lion at Town Talk Diner

Because of their homemade bitters and their careful attention to mixology, it’s no surprise that several bartenders have worked at both Town Talk and Bradstreet.

For his next drink, Tim had the popular Jackson Pollock (Bombay Sapphire, grapefruit-lime sour, sparkling wine, basil oil). It’s as beautiful as it is delicious.
Jackson Pollock at Town Talk Diner

And I ordered The Green Fairy, which won third place in a national cocktail contest in Vegas. The Green Fairy contains Bombay Sapphire, green tea liqueur, absinthe, lemon, sugar, and egg white.
The Green Fairy at Town Talk Diner

Our food was amazing. It was comfort food, but it was rich and flavorful. Tim ordered the Philly Cheesesteak.
Philly Cheesesteak at Town Talk Diner

I had the Tomato Mac ‘n’ Cheese with grape tomatoes, grilled onion, and of course, bacon.
Macaroni and Cheese at Town Talk Diner

The staff was very friendly, and the bartender offered us some chocolate malt samples for dessert.

Everything felt familiar, as comfort food should, but it also felt new, like this was the simple dish taken up a notch. We’ve each been craving our entrees ever since, and I have a feeling we’ll be fighting January cabin fever with another Town Talk visit.

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Argh.

December 21, 2009

So my excuse for not posting lately is this really annoying back/shoulder pain that’s been hounding me for two weeks. I’m trying to limit my time on the computer outside of work, because that’s what tends to aggravate it, with sitting still and peering into a monitor and moving the mouse and all.

I’m hoping to have a few new posts in the next week or so, including:

  • A review of The New Standards Holiday Concert
  • Tim’s first visit to Town Talk Diner
  • My favorite songs and albums of 2009

I’m posting this in the hopes that if I make it public, I’ll hold myself to it. In the meantime, I’m grabbing the heating pad and a muscle relaxer and calling it a night.