2707 1/2 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540644.948252 -93.232756
Neighborhoods: Longfellow, Longfellow
I love Nick – The bartender's here are fantastic. I like his bacon tattoo so muck that I wanted to eat it off his arm. These guy's know how to make cocktails. The food is fantastic as well. Try the duck bombs. Three slidders made of duck. Fantastic food but I still love Nick!
This business is closed – They didn't offer great service. And now they're closed.
Great Food, Terrible Service – 1. I manage a restaurant in Minneapolis and have the utmost patience for "restaurant stuff". 2. Before this experience I have had 2 very good dining experiences at Town Talk but had never sat at the bar. 3. I went to Town Talk with a friend a couple weeks ago on a Friday night. We got there around 7pm, they were packed (which is great!), I saw 2 spots open at the bar as I walked in, I asked the gent behind the bar if I could take them, he said sure. We sat in those 2 spots for 15 minutes with 2 dirty water glasses in front of us as the bartender/owner (as I've now learned, it was one of the owners that was serving me) talked over us to his friends that were waiting for a table. When he asked us finally if we needed anything, I said, "I'd love a menu, 2 fresh waters and the bar to be wiped down", he apologized and got us what we needed right away- he had obviously forgotten about us-that's ok, here's where the bad part comes in.....We waited another 20 minutes to get our order in, in the mean time the bartender said their computer was down and he couldn't ring orders in. What he and his fellow co-workers could do, however, were shots at the end of the bar and then slam their glasses loudly on the bar. This happened 3 times before our dinner was served. We received inattentive, sloppy service. I would have ordered another drink with dinner had the bartender ever returned, I would have understood if he was waiting on other guests but he was doing shots, in plain sight! There was another bartender that tried to help us, but instead he was very buzzed and he talked to me and my friend (a bartender) about how lousy his schedule was and that he was really tired this week. We asked for the bill 3 times, along with 2 other groups around us. At one point the couple next to us said, "We really want to leave" the lady next to her said, "me too!" and then we chimed in as well. I will try again, but will not sit at the bar again.
Expand Your Cocktail Horizons – My boyfriend and I live close to the Town Talk Diner and we couldn't be happier. Being within stumbling distance from a restaurant that continues to bravely throw new concoctions on their drink menu that include ingredients such as bacon infused vodka shows hutzpah and many of the drinks I've sampled are above average. If you don't like being someone's guinea pig then the servers are happy to steer you towards favorite selections. There has only been one occasion when I have received less than stellar food or service and this was at brunch. I would stick to their evening offerings and plan to wait for a table as they tend to have at least a 15 minute wait (that's nothing) and you can sample those drinks I was mentioning. The adult milkshakes are worth the price of admission.
Worst $100 we ever spent on food – Let me start by saying that I love food. All food. And I've never regretted spending $100 on a meal until now. Everything about our dinner at the Talk Town Diner was average or less than average. The vegetarian pizza was good, but incredibly light on vegetables. My fiance's burger and fries were boring. The burger itself was actually dry and the fries were something I would expect from a fast food restaurant rather than an upscale diner. I ordered the duck burgers with bourbon ketchup and perhaps I'm a minority, but I never expected raw duck burgers. I've had duck many times at some of the best French restaurants in the country, so I didn't expect duck tartare on a bun. I'm not exaggerating. It had the slightest sear and the rest of the patty was completely raw. (The server assured me this was how they intended it to be prepared). And finally, even the bourbon ketchup failed miserably. It was bourbon, poured on top of my ketchup. It looked and tasted like they had prepared it at the bar. I had heard such wonderful things about Talk Town, but we won't even give it a second chance after tonight. Oh and by the way, our appetizer took 45 minutes to arrive. They brought us out complimentary chips after 25 minutes as an apology.
Good food, horrendous service – We tried this place for brunch after several people recommended it to us. The food was good but not oustanding, the hash and the pancakes were both quite tasty.
The service was the worst I've experienced in recent memory.
We had a large party, so we made a reservation in advance. We didn't all arrive at one, but the latest of our group arrived about 10 minutes after the reservation time. It took some time to get our order in, mostly because our server did it in 3 stages. (For some unknown reason she left twice before taking everyone's order - once to take the orders of a nearby table, once to refill coffee at a couple of other tables).
An hour passed and our food had not arrived (though nearby tables who came in well after us had been served), so we said something about it. A guy who I presume to be the manager came over said that it had actually only been 26 minutes, and basically told us any delay was due to our party not being on time. Arguing with unhappy customers is no way to get them to come back. I don't know where the 26 minutes came from, we'd been waiting for well over an hour by the time we said something, so I guess his math skills were no better than his customer service skills.
If I were judging this place on food alone, I'd probably give it 4 stars. But a place that tells customers who have been waiting over an hour that no, they've really only been waiting less than half an hour, and that to the extent they have been waiting, it's their fault, is not a place I plan to return.
This hip joint is anything but a conventional diner. – In Short
Exposed brick, stainless steel and indie-alternative tunes set this metrosexual haunt apart from the average greasy spoon. A steady clientele of hipsters enjoy hours of gab and grub, soaking up the kitsch of the dining room and bar. The ambitious menu--invented by three fancy chefs who decided to take their talents to the people--ranges from wieners and burgers to a much more dapper double-cut pork chop with sour chicory hash and cherry sauce.
Interesting Drink Selections – I love the drinks here. I got the Peanut Butter/Chocalate/Brandly Malt and it was Amazing!!! Food is good but very expensive for what you get. Also it?s American bland food like a grilled cheese sandwich and fries, things you can just make at home for a much cheaper price. Best place to go out late night for drinks, outside seating is available, retro decorations, friendly staff.
YUM! Fun and delicious. – Went on a Monday night, it was busy but we got a table right away. Our server was friendly and personable. We had the cheese curds and the frickles. Then we had the greens and grains salad-what an excellent combination of flavors and the daily special which was gnocchi. Both were fantastic. We tried several of their cocktails and the manhatten was divine. I just loved this place! It was clean, organized and what a fun menu!
Gobble Gobble! – I was in the Town Talk this previous weekend for dinner and had a fantastic time. The service was exemplary and the food was out of this world. Talented Chef Tony Callies was experimenting with the traditional Turkey dinner and the plate put before me reminded me of Thanksgiving dinners I had with my Grandparents out west years ago. I was also able to partake in some amazing after dinner "adult" malts. The Silly Rabbit was the closest thing to drinking the milk out of a bowl of Trix cereal that you can find out there and it served to warm my belly. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys unbelievable food served with a sense of humor.
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