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ok so i keep wanting to review this place. i've probably been there about 15 times now so i can safely say i've tried everything on the menu :D

located on 19th ave just north of osborn, town talk 2 is an homage to the rideau family. town talk 1 was opened by their grandfather on washington in the 1940's. this place has been open a couple of months, and its a family joint. as in father and son and aunts and cousins in the kitchen, and once you're there, you're family.

their meat is all mesquite smoked, and has a slightly spicy slightly sweet sauce topped after, but if you prefer, it can be served on the side.

my fav's?

the baloney sandwich. the mesquite smoke the whole roll, then slice off a half inch chunk, fry it up, and serve on a bun with sauce. for 3 bucks. this is so addictive. i've literally had it for lunch 3 days in a row. soooooooo bad for me. but its so good and the family is so nice :D

the rib tips - the portion has between 8-10 tips. and they are HUGE. typically rib tips, to me, mean fighting thru some fat and gristle, but not here. soft tender meat that falls apart. divine

bbq chicken sandwich - tender, moist, cooked to perfection. for slow smoking, i don't know how they manage to keep the meat so tender. its wonderful. and the portion is huge

the black eyed pea salad. i'm sorry mee-maw, but there's is about as good as yours. i know im going to hell for saying that.

their side's rotate in a daily special fashion, and their peach cobbler dessert is sunday dinner good.

the prices are great. just about everything on the menu is under 10 bucks. i think they have a rib combo thats over 10, but thats it.

the down side -

its really tiny inside, and they could benefit from some music. if there aren't many people inside i feel like i have to whisper. maybe its just me ;)

the fries - not super crispy, but thats my personal preference.

it's only open til 7. damn!!!!!!

they just got their liquor license, so now i can finally have beer with my brisket :D

i love the smokey flavor of the meat. you can tell its slow smoked over wood, like my cousins still do it. however, if you aren't used to that kind of bbq, it can taste 'smokey'. i took one friend there and she thought it smelled like camping. personally, thats a good sign to me for slow smoked bbq. but to each their own :D

i hope these guys can make it, its such a small spot. but its bright and spotlessly clean and cheerful and tasty and their whole family is there, putting their heart and soul into it. the rideau family is almost as charming as their restaurant.

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Town Talk II Barbeque
3509 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

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  1. They only thing I will drive west of central for is food, or a trip that requires it. (Mexico or Vegas)

    Place sounds right up my alley. Exception time!

    ***Oh, and what about brisket? do they have it, is it good, etc?

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    1. re: ValleyFever

      the brisket is great - meaty, tender, no fat. im still partial to the baloney sandwich. that thing is magical ;)

    2. ohhhhh. now I know why they always look closed when I drive by. did you happen to notice what days they are open and what time they start serving?

      that place is a hop, skip, and a jump from my house, so if I knew when they were open, I would definitely make a point of checking them out.

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      1. re: hohokam

        i think they are open every day but monday?? they're open on saturday for sure..they open at 11, i believe, just in time for lunch.

        1. re: winedubar

          excellent. oh, and thanks for the review, too. :-)

      2. Sounds great. Before Phoenix, where did the Rideau family "hail" from? I love good smoking and, though I have probably driven past this spot a dozen times, I would never have thought to stop in, had it not been for your review.

        Thanks,
        Hunt

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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          hi bill,

          their whole family is from louisiana, they're all creole. they've got some cute pictures of their kin on the wall, including their great grandpa's kitchen from the early 20's where all their cooking inspiration comes from.

          i hope you can give them a try. they're just so nice and the foods great!!

          1. re: winedubar

            Wow, sounds neat. Gotta' add them to the (ever growing) list of must-dos.

            Thanks,
            Hunt

            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Bill,

              Here is a link to 2 recent articles about Talk of the Town...

              http://www.catholicsun.org/2007/sept2...

              http://www.downtownphoenixjournal.com...

        2. they just added a website. woot :)

          http://www.towntalkbbq.com/

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          1. re: winedubar

            Excellent. Thanks.

            I was just thinking about heading over there for dinner tonight.

            1. re: hohokam

              np - report back on how you liked it :)

            2. re: winedubar

              i am all of the sudden craving a bologna sandwich!

              1. re: azhotdish

                lol - its only 3 bucks!!!!! it's calling to you!! ;)

                1. re: winedubar

                  Azhd/Wndbr, you guys have something even better on tap for dinner. Don't go spoiling your appetites. :)

            3. I am SO glad to hear that it's good. I passed by there one time on my way back from NAPA, and made mental note to check it out. Too bad we just had BBQ last night (blah El Paso) or I would've picked some up from there for dinner tonight!

              Also -- winedubar, IIRC a while back you mentioned you might be interested in attending a LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) event, so I wanted to let you know that we're having a cocktail evening / breast cancer awareness fundraiser next Wednesday at the Ruby Room.( http://lupecphoenix.wordpress.com/ ) Hopefully you, and anyone else who's interested, can make it! Sorry, I can't figure out how to message through this blasted thing.