Town Talk Diner

★★★☆☆

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My first trip to the Town Talk Diner was not impressive. I rate my overall experience as a 2. The issues at this restaurant clearly lie with the kitchen being able to deliver a timely meal. Everything else was good/great.\r
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★★★★★

My first trip to the Town Talk Diner was not impressive. I rate my overall experience as a 2. The issues at this restaurant clearly lie with the kitchen being able to deliver a timely meal. Everything else was good/great.\r
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been in the Town Talk a couple of times.
if you go, just keep in maind, wait, and wait...it could take a while to get ur order. service is pretty lame.
the bar is good, love th drinks, the bloodymary is real good! the malts are good as well. try the meatloaf, its ok....
the rest is not that good.

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★★☆☆☆

been in the Town Talk a couple of times.
if you go, just keep in maind, wait, and wait...it could take a while to get ur order. service is pretty lame.
the bar is good, love th drinks, the bloodymary is real good! the malts are good as well. try the meatloaf, its ok....
the rest is not that good.

Pros: Great drinks!

Cons: sooo.....slow

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Service was ok a little slow and she really was not that friendly.
Starters
The Brie wedge was extremely tiny, good but way to small for the price.
The onion rings were large and cooked perfectly but bland, no flavor.

Entres
The only special was a Salad consumer said it was OK nothing special.
Meat Loaf was a funny pink color and was over cooked, dry and full of filler.
Philly cheese steak was good.
The post roast was tasty but the Portion was very small. Must have been the last order of the night, three little chunks of potato and under cooked carrots and raw onions.
Meat good veg not so good.
Bottom line is if you charging the prices there charging the food and service best be top of the line.
I give this place a 2 out of 5.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Service was ok a little slow and she really was not that friendly.
Starters
The Brie wedge was extremely tiny, good but way to small for the price.
The onion rings were large and cooked perfectly but bland, no flavor.

Entres
The only special was a Salad consumer said it was OK nothing special.
Meat Loaf was a funny pink color and was over cooked, dry and full of filler.
Philly cheese steak was good.
The post roast was tasty but the Portion was very small. Must have been the last order of the night, three little chunks of potato and under cooked carrots and raw onions.
Meat good veg not so good.
Bottom line is if you charging the prices there charging the food and service best be top of the line.
I give this place a 2 out of 5.

Pros: Drinks

Cons: Food Bland and Boring

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Went on a Sat. night, place was packed, this was around 6:45, within 30 min the place started to clear out. It took 20 minutes to be seated and after that over another hour and fifteen minutes to be served, by the time we were served the place was pretty empty. We were told 3 different times our food would be out in 2 -3 minutes. I honestly thought our order was lost but then when it came time to pay the bill it took 15 minutes after we HAD TO ASK, for the bill to get it. We were ready to walk out and see if someone noticed. It then took another 10 minutes to get my card back. Food was just ok and not worth all the wasted time and the noise you had to shout over to hear someone next to you.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went on a Sat. night, place was packed, this was around 6:45, within 30 min the place started to clear out. It took 20 minutes to be seated and after that over another hour and fifteen minutes to be served, by the time we were served the place was pretty empty. We were told 3 different times our food would be out in 2 -3 minutes. I honestly thought our order was lost but then when it came time to pay the bill it took 15 minutes after we HAD TO ASK, for the bill to get it. We were ready to walk out and see if someone noticed. It then took another 10 minutes to get my card back. Food was just ok and not worth all the wasted time and the noise you had to shout over to hear someone next to you.

Pros: Food pretty good

Cons: Service was way too slow

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I don't plan on going back. The bloody marys and the food were sub-par. The seasoning and execution were less than expected and for the prices, should be better.

The service was also REALLY slow and the waitress not very friendly. Overall, I was disappointed.

1
★★★☆☆

I don't plan on going back. The bloody marys and the food were sub-par. The seasoning and execution were less than expected and for the prices, should be better.

The service was also REALLY slow and the waitress not very friendly. Overall, I was disappointed.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Prices and service

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Went on a weekday evening with a larger group. The bar was almost full, and the dining room was about %40 full - and contrary to some of the posts here, the service was fine throughout. The food was very good - had the simple pan-fried chicken which I wasn't expecting too much from, but was perfectly and I mean perfectly cooked. In our group the burgers and pulled pork were also hits. But taking the cake for me was the Frickles (fried pickles). I don't really like pickles, so for me to like this dish was a huge surprise.

Bottom line: give the place a try, you might be surprised too.

2
★★★★★

Went on a weekday evening with a larger group. The bar was almost full, and the dining room was about %40 full - and contrary to some of the posts here, the service was fine throughout. The food was very good - had the simple pan-fried chicken which I wasn't expecting too much from, but was perfectly and I mean perfectly cooked. In our group the burgers and pulled pork were also hits. But taking the cake for me was the Frickles (fried pickles). I don't really like pickles, so for me to like this dish was a huge surprise.

Bottom line: give the place a try, you might be surprised too.

Pros: Great spin on diner food. Try the Frickles!

Cons: "Adult" malts are hit-or-miss.

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We visited your diner for the first time last night, for my daughters birthday who turned 22. Upon entering we were unsure how your method of seating was implemented, who to talk to; where to find the list. Until we were yelled at by a gentlemen(and I use that word loosely) behind the bar, whose interaction with us was rude, he abruptly hailed us down before we walked to far into the diner, said he was busy but would get to us. Then I made the mistake of saying we had made a "reservation", he quickly quipped that "we don't take reservations" we did "call ahead" though because we had a party of six and I neglected to get the name of the person I spoke with over the phone who couldn't hear me because of the noise (and I'm not sure it would have mattered). When I gave him my name he said we weren't put on the list, he then took my name and we began the seating process, which was fine, our server was courteous, although she really struggled through announcing the specials for the evening. This was our first time at your establishment, and your hosts bad behaviour made us almost walk away, if we weren't there for the occasion we were there for we would have left. Someone who isn't rude, a "please wait to be seated sign" or just a seating board on the wall so we could see it would have better than being screamed at by a bartender who needs to take his head out of the clouds. My $100 would have been better spent at other diners who welcome their guests instead of putting them off. Success builds our egos, and alternately breaks down the humble qualities that helped advance our success I ordered the Bleu Cheese Meatloaf entree, which neither tasted like meat or bleu cheese, I am still unsure of what kind of meat was in the meatloaf, I kind of get sick everytime I think of it, if it weren't for the chutney on top, it would have been unedible. Two of us ordered hamburgers well done, welll done should not mean that there is an 1/4 of an inch of black burnt carcinogenic crust around the edges, which if you didn't know it means you have an extremely dirty grill. The walleye special was good but the mushroom shrimp concoction had one small shrimp in it. What a waste.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We visited your diner for the first time last night, for my daughters birthday who turned 22. Upon entering we were unsure how your method of seating was implemented, who to talk to; where to find the list. Until we were yelled at by a gentlemen(and I use that word loosely) behind the bar, whose interaction with us was rude, he abruptly hailed us down before we walked to far into the diner, said he was busy but would get to us. Then I made the mistake of saying we had made a "reservation", he quickly quipped that "we don't take reservations" we did "call ahead" though because we had a party of six and I neglected to get the name of the person I spoke with over the phone who couldn't hear me because of the noise (and I'm not sure it would have mattered). When I gave him my name he said we weren't put on the list, he then took my name and we began the seating process, which was fine, our server was courteous, although she really struggled through announcing the specials for the evening. This was our first time at your establishment, and your hosts bad behaviour made us almost walk away, if we weren't there for the occasion we were there for we would have left. Someone who isn't rude, a "please wait to be seated sign" or just a seating board on the wall so we could see it would have better than being screamed at by a bartender who needs to take his head out of the clouds. My $100 would have been better spent at other diners who welcome their guests instead of putting them off. Success builds our egos, and alternately breaks down the humble qualities that helped advance our success I ordered the Bleu Cheese Meatloaf entree, which neither tasted like meat or bleu cheese, I am still unsure of what kind of meat was in the meatloaf, I kind of get sick everytime I think of it, if it weren't for the chutney on top, it would have been unedible. Two of us ordered hamburgers well done, welll done should not mean that there is an 1/4 of an inch of black burnt carcinogenic crust around the edges, which if you didn't know it means you have an extremely dirty grill. The walleye special was good but the mushroom shrimp concoction had one small shrimp in it. What a waste.

Pros: good but too salty fries

Cons: bad service

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I researched the Town Talk Diner after seeing it on the Food Network with Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and was very eager to see the place in person. We arrived out front around 5 p.m. and was surprised to find they had valet parking which I immediately pulled up to. Upon walking inside we were immediately greeted by Nick. My wife and I sat at the bar which at the time was half full. After about a minute Nick came back to us and asked us what we would like to drink and asked if we were going to have dinner. We order a couple of beers off of a very nice selection and started looking over the menu. Nick and Adam were two of the three bartenders working that evening. All three were working very well together taking care of customers and the floor servers. Adam took our order for onion rings while we were still deciding on our main course. The tower of rings came our shortly there after and were a sight to behold and very delicious. I decided on the brat burger and my wife ordered the pulled pork sandwich. The bar was full by this time and the dinning room was filling fast. Nick was working the crowd at the bar with his charm and showmanship and Adam was busy taking care of the patrons at the bar making drinks and taking orders. There was not a minute that went by that wasn't entertaining from either the bartenders of meeting the fellow bar patrons. Everyone that sat at the bar was very friendly and talkative. Nick at one point asked us to step up and give the specials of the night to a new couple that had walked in the door, so myself and the couple to my left explained what Nick had earlier given to us in great detail. Our food arrived after about 20 minutes because of an oversight by one of the bartenders. This may have been a problem in the dinning room, but my wife and I were having such a good time talking with others and the bartenders that it didn't really matter. Nick made sure Adam bought me a beer for the wait. Our food was delicious and I would highly recommend both to anyone. My brat burger was juicy and rather spicy and the fries were great! My wife's pulled pork sandwich I believe had a whole pig on it. It had to be over a pound of pork very moist and smokey. All in all I can't wait to go back and sit at the bar and enjoy the experience again. Thanks guys!

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★★★★★

I researched the Town Talk Diner after seeing it on the Food Network with Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and was very eager to see the place in person. We arrived out front around 5 p.m. and was surprised to find they had valet parking which I immediately pulled up to. Upon walking inside we were immediately greeted by Nick. My wife and I sat at the bar which at the time was half full. After about a minute Nick came back to us and asked us what we would like to drink and asked if we were going to have dinner. We order a couple of beers off of a very nice selection and started looking over the menu. Nick and Adam were two of the three bartenders working that evening. All three were working very well together taking care of customers and the floor servers. Adam took our order for onion rings while we were still deciding on our main course. The tower of rings came our shortly there after and were a sight to behold and very delicious. I decided on the brat burger and my wife ordered the pulled pork sandwich. The bar was full by this time and the dinning room was filling fast. Nick was working the crowd at the bar with his charm and showmanship and Adam was busy taking care of the patrons at the bar making drinks and taking orders. There was not a minute that went by that wasn't entertaining from either the bartenders of meeting the fellow bar patrons. Everyone that sat at the bar was very friendly and talkative. Nick at one point asked us to step up and give the specials of the night to a new couple that had walked in the door, so myself and the couple to my left explained what Nick had earlier given to us in great detail. Our food arrived after about 20 minutes because of an oversight by one of the bartenders. This may have been a problem in the dinning room, but my wife and I were having such a good time talking with others and the bartenders that it didn't really matter. Nick made sure Adam bought me a beer for the wait. Our food was delicious and I would highly recommend both to anyone. My brat burger was juicy and rather spicy and the fries were great! My wife's pulled pork sandwich I believe had a whole pig on it. It had to be over a pound of pork very moist and smokey. All in all I can't wait to go back and sit at the bar and enjoy the experience again. Thanks guys!

Pros: Bartenders that know service.

Cons: It could be loud for some.

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Ok, this place has been on my list to go to for quite awhile. Finally went for the first time the other night. It was AWESOME! Bartenders were fun, friendly and knowledgeable! The drinks were great! Food all had a unique twist to it & was yummy! I left a happy camper. Fact.

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★★★★★

Ok, this place has been on my list to go to for quite awhile. Finally went for the first time the other night. It was AWESOME! Bartenders were fun, friendly and knowledgeable! The drinks were great! Food all had a unique twist to it & was yummy! I left a happy camper. Fact.

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Every time I have been to Town Talk Diner, it seems as if a couple guys who never grew up, decided to open a diner and hire all their friends who are drooling nerds. The only reason I point this out is that the food has been pretty good, but the service is always slow because these guys have to entertain one another behind the bar or the friends that visit them at work. On my last visit, the guy working the bar had to go "out back" with someone sitting near me. While I waited and waited for him to return, I was thinking about leaving without paying the check. Instead I patiently waited for him to return and still regret that I tipped at all or paid the bill. I'm not sure about other people, but I will not return to places that treat customers as if they are getting in the way of the staff trying to have a good time with one another. Oh and the ,loud, loud music is always in bad taste. It is too bad that the staff are allowed to create such a negative environment for those just looking for good food in the neighborhood.

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★☆☆☆☆

Every time I have been to Town Talk Diner, it seems as if a couple guys who never grew up, decided to open a diner and hire all their friends who are drooling nerds. The only reason I point this out is that the food has been pretty good, but the service is always slow because these guys have to entertain one another behind the bar or the friends that visit them at work. On my last visit, the guy working the bar had to go "out back" with someone sitting near me. While I waited and waited for him to return, I was thinking about leaving without paying the check. Instead I patiently waited for him to return and still regret that I tipped at all or paid the bill. I'm not sure about other people, but I will not return to places that treat customers as if they are getting in the way of the staff trying to have a good time with one another. Oh and the ,loud, loud music is always in bad taste. It is too bad that the staff are allowed to create such a negative environment for those just looking for good food in the neighborhood.

Pros: IT IS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Cons: BAD SERVICE, DROOLING NERDS

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: Nick

Cons: Nick wouldn't take me home

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After my third visit, I can confidently say - some of the worst service in the Twin Cities. On the third visit - waited 15 minutes to place order, 20 minutes for server to pick up our payment after dropping off bill (needed to wait to leave tip). Food is interesting - breakfast/brunch is really all about sweet/bready things - not much for savory. Adult malts and fried pickles are tasty, and I've liked both dinners I've had. But don't go expecting a nice experience dining out - drink a lot so you aren't frustrated.

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★★★☆☆

After my third visit, I can confidently say - some of the worst service in the Twin Cities. On the third visit - waited 15 minutes to place order, 20 minutes for server to pick up our payment after dropping off bill (needed to wait to leave tip). Food is interesting - breakfast/brunch is really all about sweet/bready things - not much for savory. Adult malts and fried pickles are tasty, and I've liked both dinners I've had. But don't go expecting a nice experience dining out - drink a lot so you aren't frustrated.

Pros: Interesting Comfort Food

Cons: Horrible Service

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: excellent food

Cons: terrible service

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Unique Drinks, Changing Menu

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

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As I entered Talk Town Diner for the first time I was confused. There was no one there to greet me so I walked up to the first sever wearing a purple headband. The headband was actually being used for its purpose rather than fashion. It was saturated with sweat. Ewwwwwww. I then said, ?I have never been here before and was wondering, do we just sit anywhere?". His reply was "NO? and the way he said it was the problem. He pointed to a table and then I got the pleasure of having this guy as my server. He proceeded to go through the regular dining motions i.e. specials, waters, and the "give you a moment to decide". He didn't come back. I finally made the eye contact move and signaled him over. (I like to call people by their names, but since he never told us his....) I then proceeded to ask if i could order some drinks, which I thought was his job. My next round I had to signal again. The food was good but definitely cannot outweigh the service. This was a first date and I was not impressed with her either. Ha.

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★★☆☆☆

As I entered Talk Town Diner for the first time I was confused. There was no one there to greet me so I walked up to the first sever wearing a purple headband. The headband was actually being used for its purpose rather than fashion. It was saturated with sweat. Ewwwwwww. I then said, ?I have never been here before and was wondering, do we just sit anywhere?". His reply was "NO? and the way he said it was the problem. He pointed to a table and then I got the pleasure of having this guy as my server. He proceeded to go through the regular dining motions i.e. specials, waters, and the "give you a moment to decide". He didn't come back. I finally made the eye contact move and signaled him over. (I like to call people by their names, but since he never told us his....) I then proceeded to ask if i could order some drinks, which I thought was his job. My next round I had to signal again. The food was good but definitely cannot outweigh the service. This was a first date and I was not impressed with her either. Ha.

Pros: Food

Cons: service, parking, headbands

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Interesting Drinks, Ambience, Outside Seating

Cons: Parking, Expensive, Small

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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!

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★★★★☆

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!

Pros: Cheese curds, frickles, greens and grain salad

Cons: parking

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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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★★★★★

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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I understand, and even like, the whole idea of kitsch dining, but this was ridiculous. There's a line between kitsch and just poor manners - note to our server: Don't talk to the table of your friends seated next to us about how sick you've been, that you thought you were going to die, that you've had the chills and sweats off-and-on all day, then proceed to pick up our food and pour our drinks. Gross!
The entire staff seemed to be more consumed by their own egos and talking with their friends than actually taking care of the customers.
In short - live it up now guys because at the rate you're going you'll be gone in a year.

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★☆☆☆☆

I understand, and even like, the whole idea of kitsch dining, but this was ridiculous. There's a line between kitsch and just poor manners - note to our server: Don't talk to the table of your friends seated next to us about how sick you've been, that you thought you were going to die, that you've had the chills and sweats off-and-on all day, then proceed to pick up our food and pour our drinks. Gross!
The entire staff seemed to be more consumed by their own egos and talking with their friends than actually taking care of the customers.
In short - live it up now guys because at the rate you're going you'll be gone in a year.

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looooong waits for overpriced drinks that weren't very good, and for mediocre food. 2hrs for brunch after seated >$25 a head for lame diner food--very disappointed. We're foodies eating out 4-5 x's wkly so we know dining out. This one's OFF the list!

0
★☆☆☆☆

looooong waits for overpriced drinks that weren't very good, and for mediocre food. 2hrs for brunch after seated >$25 a head for lame diner food--very disappointed. We're foodies eating out 4-5 x's wkly so we know dining out. This one's OFF the list!

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The food here is good, very interesting combinations you would never think of that taste great together.

I've been here several times, don't plan on holding a meaningful conversation here, it's just too loud.

3
★★★☆☆

The food here is good, very interesting combinations you would never think of that taste great together.

I've been here several times, don't plan on holding a meaningful conversation here, it's just too loud.

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The apps were the best part of the menu for sure. The entrees were also very tasty. I love the vintage bar and adult malts. Late night dinning that isn't a short menu. Love it.

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★★★★☆

The apps were the best part of the menu for sure. The entrees were also very tasty. I love the vintage bar and adult malts. Late night dinning that isn't a short menu. Love it.

Pros: Food, bar, drinks, mini beer bottles

Cons: parking

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Our usual group of five ate here Friday 6 July. As the web site shows, this venue offers an unusual mixture of diner food and more refined offerings. We opted for the latter: risotto with asparagus and roasted tomatoes; lamb with quinoa tabbouli; a pork chop in apricot sauce with kohlrabi slaw; and a halibut preparation (which I did not try). Before the entrees, we had a roasted vegetable terrine, sourdough onion rings, and smoked salmon on potato pancakes. A garden vegetable salad was perfectly edible. The "grains and greens" salad was somewhat more interesting, but the accompanying lefse should be smeared with butter, not with sugar. Now for some details: The risotto was nicely done, the line-caught fresh halibut was pronounced good, as was the pork chop. I was lucky enough to have ordered the lamb, which was wonderful - tender, fat-free chunks of lamb with a dark, heady sumac sauce. Everyone who had a bite (no more, lest they draw back a nub for a hand) agreed. This bordered on a major culinary achievement. This is what Fhima, now deceased, should have done with its lamb preparation (see jesusofnazareth review of Fhima if it's still up). For dessert, a whiskey bread pudding was enthusiastically consumed, but a berry parfait with Grand Marnier whipped cream tasted "odd" to us. The decor is unpretentious, more commensurate with the diner part of the menu than with the other part. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. I might suggest some bread or crackers (lavosh?) be offered at the beginning. The noise level is annoyingly high - about 8000 decibels. All right, I exaggerate, but conversation (at least two-way) was very difficult. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I've become very tired of this in restaurants. Is there a covert effort to promote lip-reading? Is the hearing aid lobby behind this? I'd like to know how the DB level compares with that of a rock concert. The cacophony is the reason I won't return here, notwithstanding the lamb dish.

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★★★☆☆

Our usual group of five ate here Friday 6 July. As the web site shows, this venue offers an unusual mixture of diner food and more refined offerings. We opted for the latter: risotto with asparagus and roasted tomatoes; lamb with quinoa tabbouli; a pork chop in apricot sauce with kohlrabi slaw; and a halibut preparation (which I did not try). Before the entrees, we had a roasted vegetable terrine, sourdough onion rings, and smoked salmon on potato pancakes. A garden vegetable salad was perfectly edible. The "grains and greens" salad was somewhat more interesting, but the accompanying lefse should be smeared with butter, not with sugar. Now for some details: The risotto was nicely done, the line-caught fresh halibut was pronounced good, as was the pork chop. I was lucky enough to have ordered the lamb, which was wonderful - tender, fat-free chunks of lamb with a dark, heady sumac sauce. Everyone who had a bite (no more, lest they draw back a nub for a hand) agreed. This bordered on a major culinary achievement. This is what Fhima, now deceased, should have done with its lamb preparation (see jesusofnazareth review of Fhima if it's still up). For dessert, a whiskey bread pudding was enthusiastically consumed, but a berry parfait with Grand Marnier whipped cream tasted "odd" to us. The decor is unpretentious, more commensurate with the diner part of the menu than with the other part. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. I might suggest some bread or crackers (lavosh?) be offered at the beginning. The noise level is annoyingly high - about 8000 decibels. All right, I exaggerate, but conversation (at least two-way) was very difficult. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I've become very tired of this in restaurants. Is there a covert effort to promote lip-reading? Is the hearing aid lobby behind this? I'd like to know how the DB level compares with that of a rock concert. The cacophony is the reason I won't return here, notwithstanding the lamb dish.

Pros: The sumac lamb and the interesting menu

Cons: The auditory assault

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Considering the long wait, the price, and the rude bartender, we expected better food. There are so many better choices on that street alone, but I guess that's the price you pay to be seen with that crowd.

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★★☆☆☆

Considering the long wait, the price, and the rude bartender, we expected better food. There are so many better choices on that street alone, but I guess that's the price you pay to be seen with that crowd.

Cons: service, price

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Scallops with braised shortt ribs, sweet potato risotto, tangerine vinagarette, a to die for fried egg sandwich that was unlike anything we have ever eaten, fried pickles, yum, I could go on for ever. All of the food was totally unexpected. We also shared a Dreamscicle ice cream drink that was delicious. The service was just wonderful, full water glasses at all times, and everything served hot and good and the service was attentive but not overbearing. We had to wait quite awhile , but it was totally worth it. I wouldn't be surprised if they received national recognition.

2
★★★★★

Scallops with braised shortt ribs, sweet potato risotto, tangerine vinagarette, a to die for fried egg sandwich that was unlike anything we have ever eaten, fried pickles, yum, I could go on for ever. All of the food was totally unexpected. We also shared a Dreamscicle ice cream drink that was delicious. The service was just wonderful, full water glasses at all times, and everything served hot and good and the service was attentive but not overbearing. We had to wait quite awhile , but it was totally worth it. I wouldn't be surprised if they received national recognition.

Pros: service, great food and unusual food

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This was our first visit, and they do know how to impress! From the minute we were seated, the server treated us wonderfully! His knowledge of the menu, the ingredients (my wife is a vegetarian) to suggestions on drinks were right on the spot. The food was awsome! We will make this spot a regular on our "foodie" stops!

2
★★★★☆

This was our first visit, and they do know how to impress! From the minute we were seated, the server treated us wonderfully! His knowledge of the menu, the ingredients (my wife is a vegetarian) to suggestions on drinks were right on the spot. The food was awsome! We will make this spot a regular on our "foodie" stops!

Pros: Great food and top notch service!

Cons: Parking and temperature of restaurant

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This is a great place! 6 of us seated immediately on a Friday night. Fantastic service (however, we have a feeling our server was one of the owners). The cocktails were so-so. I was looking forward to a classic old fashioned, but there was something un-Wisconsin about it. We all shared the Cherry Bomb ice cream drink and it was delicious! I highly recommend the chili dog, pork sandwich, grilled cheese, cheese curds, and garlic fries. The desserts were mediocre, but good enough (I would just go for an ice cream drink next time). Overall, a fun place. Not romantic, but good for a group of friends.

2
★★★★☆

This is a great place! 6 of us seated immediately on a Friday night. Fantastic service (however, we have a feeling our server was one of the owners). The cocktails were so-so. I was looking forward to a classic old fashioned, but there was something un-Wisconsin about it. We all shared the Cherry Bomb ice cream drink and it was delicious! I highly recommend the chili dog, pork sandwich, grilled cheese, cheese curds, and garlic fries. The desserts were mediocre, but good enough (I would just go for an ice cream drink next time). Overall, a fun place. Not romantic, but good for a group of friends.

Pros: Fun menu

Cons: Cocktails mediocre

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We almost hate to tell people that we LOVE the Town Talk - because it is often difficult to get a seat some nights. Yes - it can get insanely busy at times (ok people, that's a clue that it might take awhile to get your food - if you don't want to wait - then leave and make room for those of us who ARE willing to wait). The owners know how to treat their customers - and that's what brings us back (in addition to the yummy food). There are much more 'stylish' restaurants in the metro - and more restaurants with greater selections on their menus - but none of them have the personality and sincere customer service of the Town Talk. If we lived in the neighborhood we would walk - but we live in St. Paul - parking is often brutal - but we are willing to drive around until we find a spot.

2
★★★★★

We almost hate to tell people that we LOVE the Town Talk - because it is often difficult to get a seat some nights. Yes - it can get insanely busy at times (ok people, that's a clue that it might take awhile to get your food - if you don't want to wait - then leave and make room for those of us who ARE willing to wait). The owners know how to treat their customers - and that's what brings us back (in addition to the yummy food). There are much more 'stylish' restaurants in the metro - and more restaurants with greater selections on their menus - but none of them have the personality and sincere customer service of the Town Talk. If we lived in the neighborhood we would walk - but we live in St. Paul - parking is often brutal - but we are willing to drive around until we find a spot.

Pros: Parking

Cons: Owners / Food / Customer Service

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The Town Talk Diner is a fun place to bring family or friends. The menu is fun and the "adult malts" are superb. My wife and I went to dinner with my brother, and we were all very pleased with the experience. The waitstaff was very good and not overbearing. We got the frickles and the onion rings to start. The frickles were good, but I got tired of them after close to a dozen. Onion rings were the key, nice and crunchy. The pulled pork sandwich was great, especially with the slaw on top. Though, it could have used a touch more bbq sauce. The Baywatch adult malt was incredible and to think that it was filled with Rum made it all the better.

2
★★★★★

The Town Talk Diner is a fun place to bring family or friends. The menu is fun and the "adult malts" are superb. My wife and I went to dinner with my brother, and we were all very pleased with the experience. The waitstaff was very good and not overbearing. We got the frickles and the onion rings to start. The frickles were good, but I got tired of them after close to a dozen. Onion rings were the key, nice and crunchy. The pulled pork sandwich was great, especially with the slaw on top. Though, it could have used a touch more bbq sauce. The Baywatch adult malt was incredible and to think that it was filled with Rum made it all the better.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Parking

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I have to say, this is one fun amazing place! I've been here numerous times, and have never had anything resembling an average experience. I've always sat at the bar, and had great service from the bartender/owners/chefs working there. The food has all been superb...especially the pancakes, omelettes and salads. The drinks are so much fun! I love sampling a new "adult malt" everytime. This place is swelling with creativity, fun and pizzazz. Just bring a jazzy attitude and enjoy yourself and the diverse crowd.

2
★★★★★

I have to say, this is one fun amazing place! I've been here numerous times, and have never had anything resembling an average experience. I've always sat at the bar, and had great service from the bartender/owners/chefs working there. The food has all been superb...especially the pancakes, omelettes and salads. The drinks are so much fun! I love sampling a new "adult malt" everytime. This place is swelling with creativity, fun and pizzazz. Just bring a jazzy attitude and enjoy yourself and the diverse crowd.

Pros: Food, Adult Malts & Specialty Drinks, Service

Cons: Parking, Single Person Bathroom (ladies)-but it's spacious

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Town Talk has all the right elements to be a superstar. A polished team of owners, a unique location, sweet and diverse cocktail and dining menus. Town Talk's short coming is lack of service. In my experiences, I have felt as if the staff behind the counter is frenzied and disorganized; neglect of personal attention to detail. It feels as if I am being served by patronizing frat boys who have the dum-dum's from too much drinking the night before to multi-task. Everyone who comes through the door will certainly receive a "Hello" and "Thank you for coming", but forget "How is everything?". I would rather not have to ask for a refill of water, silverware or a towel to wipe up the overshot of spilled coffee. Music is funky and cool but way too loud.
In a nutshell, tasty curds, zippy cocktails- testosterone on the side please.

1
★★★☆☆

Town Talk has all the right elements to be a superstar. A polished team of owners, a unique location, sweet and diverse cocktail and dining menus. Town Talk's short coming is lack of service. In my experiences, I have felt as if the staff behind the counter is frenzied and disorganized; neglect of personal attention to detail. It feels as if I am being served by patronizing frat boys who have the dum-dum's from too much drinking the night before to multi-task. Everyone who comes through the door will certainly receive a "Hello" and "Thank you for coming", but forget "How is everything?". I would rather not have to ask for a refill of water, silverware or a towel to wipe up the overshot of spilled coffee. Music is funky and cool but way too loud.
In a nutshell, tasty curds, zippy cocktails- testosterone on the side please.

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★★★☆☆

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Cons: hearts

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town talk diner lived up to all of our expectations. they have a large menu and we sampled a little of everything. the chef pays a lot of attention to detail and everything we had was really good! the space manages to be cozy and ever so trendy. we will be back soon.

2
★★★★★

town talk diner lived up to all of our expectations. they have a large menu and we sampled a little of everything. the chef pays a lot of attention to detail and everything we had was really good! the space manages to be cozy and ever so trendy. we will be back soon.

Pros: service, food, attention to detail

Cons: none

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Only open a week, Town Talk Diner - address: 2707 1/2 East Lake Street has quickly stepped up to the plate, and is serving comfort food with a twist. The nightly specials are really good, and everything on the menu looks and tastes so good, that you want to go back again to try them. The flattened, boned Amish chicken is amazing, crisp exterior and succulent juicy inside, accompanied by sauteed greens, savory sweeet potato bread pudding and browned butter pecan sauce. Servers are efficient, fun and professional. So many fun bar drinks, and so little time! The place has a great vibe; a perfect neighborhood restaurant.

2
★★★★★

Only open a week, Town Talk Diner - address: 2707 1/2 East Lake Street has quickly stepped up to the plate, and is serving comfort food with a twist. The nightly specials are really good, and everything on the menu looks and tastes so good, that you want to go back again to try them. The flattened, boned Amish chicken is amazing, crisp exterior and succulent juicy inside, accompanied by sauteed greens, savory sweeet potato bread pudding and browned butter pecan sauce. Servers are efficient, fun and professional. So many fun bar drinks, and so little time! The place has a great vibe; a perfect neighborhood restaurant.

Pros: food/drink quality, service, cost

Cons: parking sometimes

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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…

 

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