What You'll Get
In his famous classical conditioning experiment, Ivan Pavlov proved that it’s physically impossible for a Russian scientist's mouth not to water when it says the word "diner.” Moisten your own chow receptacle with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of upscale diner fare and creative cocktails at Town Talk Diner, located on East Lake Street.
In its cozy retro space, Town Talk Diner uses fresh, local ingredients to create modern versions of classic lunch-counter food. Tickle your tongue freckles with Town Talk's tasty frickles: fried pickles with dill mustard sauce ($7). The popular kitchen sink burger comes loaded with cheddar, bacon, and Chef Tommy Begnaud's kitchen sink sauce ($12). Meanwhile, the baked mac 'n' cheese unites fontina, asiago, gruyere, and cheddar with elbow macaroni and a choice of smoked chicken or bacon ($14). Lusty gents who normally pour a shot of bourbon with breakfast can skip a step by ordering the bacon Manhattan, a cocktail of bacon-infused bourbon, homemade cherry liquor, and homemade cherry vanilla bitters ($8). Alcoholic floats include the monkey business, which fuses chocolate, bananas, peanut butter, and bourbon ($12.00) into a lazy malted river. Town Talk's bartenders are the discussion of the village, having recently claimed City Pages' Iron Bartender award for the second year in a row.
Town Talk's lively ambience, vintage interior of exposed brick, and stainless steel lunch counter also appeared recently on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Closed Mondays, Town Talk features a weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and stays open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for diners who lunch at moontime.
Groupon not valid toward happy hour.
Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Iron Bartender competition, Town Talk Diner received a 13/20 rating from Gayot, and won glowing reviews from Mpls St Paul magazine and the Star-Tribune. It was also featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Eighty-seven percent of nearly 300 Urbanspooners recommend Town Talk Diner. Seventy Yelpers give it a four-star average, and Citysearchers give it an average of 3.5 stars:
- There's no more glorious way to drop 10 bucks in this town right now than with [Town Talk Diner's] phenomenal pulled pork sandwich. ─ Rick Nelson, Star-Tribune
- Genius! I have had several amazing dinners here and tried everything from FRICKLES, to burgers, to fish, to yummy drinks, to desserts, and have enjoyed each meal. ─ Terra C., Yelp
- This is by far my favorite place for cocktails in Minneapolis. ─ Nate1in7, Urbanspoon
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 23, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for happy hour specials or with other offers. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.